If you have ever taken a minute to observe a hungry infant, you have seen just how desperate they can be. It doesn’t matter if a bottle is delayed by one minute or ten, the reaction of hunger holds the same intensity. The need to eat is relentless and demanding. The cry for food is most often loud, angry, and repetitive. The craving so strong that their natural instinct is to fight for it.
As soon as they taste milk on their lips, though, they quiet and relax. Soon after their need to eat is satisfied, they surrender to a peaceful sleep. They are content, because in that moment they were fed. Milk is essential to every part of a baby’s healthy development. Our need for the Lord, His Word & His Bread, is akin to that of an infant’s need for milk. We are dependent on it for our Soul’s survival.
As the World began shutting down, so too our Churches.
For nine weeks we have hungered.
Some folks have become down-right hangry!
And now a slow re-opening is emerging in our World. And our Churches are faced with the same. I feel badly for our Bishop’s in the difficult decisions they will need to make in an effort to do so cautiously & safely. And yet…it is necessary. I have written a Universal letter of support to them with the acknowledgement that we, the members of the Body, stand firm in our support and devotion to be obedient; with the reminder that we are worthy of participation. We can be trusted.
“God is not a God of confusion but a God of peace.”1 Corinthians 14:33
I have read somewhere that there are generally two types of decision makers. The first analyses every angle and weighs every part of the decision carefully and slowly. They don’t rush into anything. The second make decisions quickly and confidently. They depend on gut feelings rather than studying the situation. The good news is that neither decision maker is wrong in how they approach decisions because we are each wired differently. The important part is merely that they arrive at a point of peacefully knowing the proper decision has been made.
I know you have been faced with making some very difficult, yet important decisions regarding the suspension of our public masses. I can only imagine how heart-wrenching this unified decision must have been to make. And now with our Country, nay the World, slowly re-opening you are once again faced with difficult decisions to be made. Please know I am praying daily for you and asking the Hoy Spirit to continue to guide these necessary discernments.
I write to you today, not only to offer my prayers but also to ask my own Spirit led question.
Will you give us a chance? Will you give us a chance to be on the front lines too?
We have all watched for months – thousands of strong, dedicated, sympathetic, responsible health care individuals devote themselves to the care and well-being of those affected by the novel coronavirus. They have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 medical outbreak and I am humbled by their self-less efforts. Likewise, our Church, gentle Bishops, is a hospital too. A hospital for sinners. In this same Spirit I do believe thousands of fellow Catholics stand ready to serve others in a similar capacity. I do believe our Priests stand concerned, yet ready, to be the needed Physicians. And countless Sacristans, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, and Greeters are prepared – with the proper safety procedures in place – to be the Spiritual Health Care Workers for those seeking the Sacraments offered through the Church, most especially holy eucharist.
Despite the various styles of “decision makers” in your midst – or even that of your own – this is indeed a heavy matter which can be made together. May God clear away the confusion, as only He can and may you find peace in the assurance you have the full attention (and no-doubt support,) of your flock – because they are waiting to be called back home to Church, once again.
Hugs & Blessings,
His Obedient Daughter
Do you long for the spiritual food our souls crave?
God wants us to be strong, to be healthy, and to be fed!
As well, He commands us to be Obedient.
Please offer our Bishops your support by presenting them the same level of trust you seek – together I do believe we can conquer the confusion this dreaded virus feeds upon and embrace the peace which God extends to us now.
hugs n’ blessing to all those, who in isolation, have been growing a hunger in themselves that can only be satisfied by Him!
*These personal opinions have come as a result of several daily devotionals I have been reading & meditating upon throughout the course of the COVID-19 isolation period. I am thankful for the opportunity they have provided me to be emotionally & inspirationally fed.