Before we plow forward and emerge this Easter, think about what this year has taught us. While we may have drifted away from some people, others in our “Bubble” were brought closer. We developed new routines and if you have a family in your house, you certainly spent more time with them. During the lockdown, I learned how precious a few hours of relaxing each day brought joy to life and I try to resist 10-12-hour workdays. I learned to care for others. With every correspondence, I inquired how they were doing instead of keeping it to business. And I got to attend Daily Mass. Nobody I know has been to more Masses than me this year! And I am one by one reconnecting with friends and each has been a fantastic reminder of how vital our relationships are in bringing joy. My life is better because of the struggle of the past year.
This Easter, I have a favor to ask, especially of all of you who find yourselves at home more. Normally our kids and teens and young adults are quite resilient, but a year long crisis has taken its toll on many, no, rather most. Some did not advance in their education, some even regressed psychologically, and all missed out on at least one thing they would normally look forward to. Not only do they need your prayers, but they need your personal attention. When you see them, especially at Mass, let them know who you are, and that you have been praying for them. Start a relationship with them too, so they look forward to seeing you next week. Any kind interaction you can think of will be welcomed. We are a community that has gone a long time with out even shaking hands. Use what you can to hug one another.