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Hi Again!

During these crazy times, access to the sacraments have been scarce. We’ve had to adapt to streamed masses, reserving spots for mass online ( if your quick enough!) and a whole lot of hand sanitizer….. Let’s just say, it hasn’t been easy.

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But there is something that has brought me (and perhaps you, too?!) A LOT of peace and comfort during the past months and that is:

Confession!

Confession has been the one sacrament that has been relatively easy to receive during the chaos of Covid-19. I don’t know about your experience, but we could make appointments with our parish priest anytime and every Saturday morning from 11:00-12:00 there was “drive through” confession!

I found so much solace in the sacrament of Reconciliation, because it was the closest I could get to Jesus when our masses weren’t taking place.

The Lord knows how painful these times have been and still are. He wants us to receive him again through the Holy Eucharist. He wants to be united, heart to heart. But if we are unable to go to mass, don’t forget to encounter Jesus in confession, as well ! It is a powerful encounter where Jesus himself, through the priest, can heal all our sins, anxieties, mistakes, fears and missed opportunities to love.

I can testify to the power of this healing and life giving encounter with Jesus through confession! Every time I went to confession during the “pandemic”, Jesus was speaking so clearly through the priest about my heart and the areas that needed deep conversion. That kind of realization is humbling, but I drove away every time feeling more loved, joyful, peaceful, motivated and light. It’s a feeling you cannot buy, and one that comes only from the healing touch of Jesus our Saviour.

God bless you all!

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COVID-19.

The panic, the hype, the concerns, the reality… it’s all a bit overwhelming at the moment. No matter where you live on this planet, somebody either had the coronavirus near you, or will contract it sooner or later. For some it’s just another media frenzy, for others a legitimate health concern.

I’m not sure where I stand on the whole thing? I’m far from panicking, but as a person with asthma, the reality of a serious respiratory illness lurking around is something that peaks my attention.

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But I digress. I don’t intend to add to the Corona chaos, but rather write a few things I’ve noticed about the pandemic response, and how it might actually be more positive than we think.

It seems to me that (sadly) the world functions around success, power and money. If the world had a motto right now it would be something along the lines of:

” If your not profitable, powerful or pretty, get out of the way” 

The focus isn’t about authentic health and caring for our minds, bodies and souls. It’s about making money, at all costs and moving “up the ladder” no matter what or who get’s trampled on in the process.

But what we are starting to see, whether you agree with the measures taken or not, is that politicians, businesses, and powerful players in the sports and entertainment industry are actually taking a hit for the good of others!!

In Canada and the United States, major sport seasons, music awards, and other public assemblies are being cancelled or postponed. Italy is on lockdown. Trump has banned flights from Europe… We are starting to see people take measures to prevent the spread of the virus, even at the cost of loosing money or hurting the economy.

Although it takes a pandemic to push us, we can still fight for what is important. And I don’t just mean avoiding the virus. Of course, most of us are motivated by a general desire to AVOID the virus, as we should. But we also see that the big players are capable of making choices that honour their people. Action both big and small is being taken to protect each other.

I think this whole pandemic is a reminder that we can’t control the world, and we need to put priorities straight. I’m happy to see widespread cancellations of these events and I hope it continues until things calm down.

Far greater than any money, game, event, fame or reputation, is the human person.

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