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Dear All

Faced with being indoors or isolated for a long period will be a great challenge for many peoiple - and not just those living alone. Couples will be together all the time, and families under each others feet.Here are a few things to help

Top Ten Tips for Staying Well click HERE

Daily Prayer - join with the Church in saying some prayers each day. Remember especially all those working in the health service and essentail services, for those in hardship. If you want a format to use before you add your own prayers, try these HERE

Here's a wonderful exanple from Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra of beating Isolation. https://youtu.be/3eXT60rbBVk

When it gets dark, you see the stars. This was sent to me by a Parishioner and its worth sharing. Keep strong folk, and look to your neighbours.

Lockdown

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.

But, they say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise, you can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet the sky is no longer thick with fumes but blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi People are singing to each other across the empty squares, keeping their windows open so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know is busy spreading fliers with her number through the neighbourhood so that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary.

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting.
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way.
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality.
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.

So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.

Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM

 

 


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