What do we keep, and what do we change?

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

When the restrictions ease up sooner or later, let us continue to listen to our Good Shepherd, and carry in our hearts the precious lessons and realizations we have learned. 

What do we keep, and what do we change? May we all come out of this experience not only victorious but also more virtuous.

I hope we don't forget prayer. It is prayer that has helped us cope and deal with our fears, deprivations, anxieties, restlessness and boredom. Prayer made us bond with God and with our family. Prayer works. Let us continue to pray and pray more.

I hope we have learned to be humble. In our helplessness against an invisible enemy, we humbled ourselves to Someone greater than ourselves. I hope that we have realized that there are no greater gods among us as we came face to face with the reality of death, and dying anytime, anywhere. And that we need to obey and heal as one.                     

Let's bring along kindness, and continue to be generous to others. There were, and there will always be misfits, but a lot of us reached out to each other, went the extra mile, and gave the extra smile. Real heroes had their time to shine. We have also realized that kindness to our environment is something each of us should not take for granted from now on. And of course, I hope we have learned to be kind to ourselves.

Let's bring along hope, lots of it. Let us not be overwhelmed by negativity, and let the joy of the Lord be our strength. Let's see everything with the eyes of faith and see broader, deeper and brighter.

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