Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Have you noticed it? I have.
People scurry to the side when you walk past them on the sidewalk. The lonely faces, the concerned voices, the way people avoid eye contact. Within a few short weeks, our world has changed.
But has it, really? Because God has not changed, and his love is abundant—even now. During this pandemic, you and I have a chance to share that love, starting with the people right under our own roof.
Mother Teresa often said, “Love begins at home.” But sometimes it can be hard to love the people in our own homes, in our families. Confined at home, I find myself getting impatient and annoyed. I feel tempted to worry about things I can’t control, like my daughter’s safety while she works in the emergency room.
But on the Feast of the Annunciation, I thought about Mary. The angel proclaimed that Mary was “full of grace” before she said yes (Luke 1:48). So just as God gave Mary special grace—ahead of time—to be the Mother of God, he has given me grace for this coronavirus season. His grace is already here. God is already with me, and with all of us. And he is ready to help us.
So I can draw from God’s grace to resist getting stirred up by the latest statistics. I can rely on that grace to be patient with my family when I discover still more dirty dishes. I can lean on that grace so that my words are kind, not harsh.
And God’s love can flow through me to people beyond my home. A friendly greeting from across the street, phone calls, emails, even video calls can help people feel less alone. I’m trying to call one or two friends each day. I always leave these conversations feeling more hopeful. That’s the wonder of God’s love—when we share it, God multiplies it, and both people are blessed.
During this difficult time, let’s pray for each other. If you have particular prayer requests, please send them to our prayer center. Our staff prays for your intentions three times per week—even while we are working from home. We have also unlocked our website, where you can find a variety of helpful resources.
God’s grace gives us the ability to love one another today. Let’s make this season one of connection and walking together, as we “encourage one another and build one another up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
It is an honor to walk with you on our journey toward heaven.