Joy and Sadness………….

You may be wondering why I gave this small article the title of Joy and Sadness. The news of our parishes becoming open brings us great joy even though we may only gather in very limited numbers and some who are still not able to join in person due to their health etc. But there is a sense of sadness that is subtly threaded through our joy. We are still carrying sadness in our hearts for all that we have missed or that has happened because of Covid-19, we are human.

God, grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.

Psalm 23 – The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing that I lack. In green pastures He makes me lay down; to still waters He leads me; He restores my soul. He guides me along right paths for the sake of His name. Even though I walk through the valley of tears of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.

You are the Church, with each and every one of you we will gather our strength, courage and peace to go forward at our own pace as we begin to join together in community. We are a strong faith family that is there for each of us in many different ways. We have begun to join together as we celebrate the Lord’s Masses in person and via live stream. We have been blessed to begin to receive the Holy Eucharist at the end of Mass. These are all steps toward our new normal with threads of our past woven together.

I will leave you this week to meditate on Psalm 23 as to how it may speak to you.
May God continue to bless you all;

Deb Briancesco RN

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