What kind of stuff is on your COVID-19 list? Is it the right stuff? Did you leave out the most important? Or is it on the list but in last place?
This morning the dome of heaven is swaddled in heavy, gray clouds, but the air is light and crisp and paper-thin, like the translucent veil which divides the Church Militant from the Church Suffering.
Remember the phrase, love the sinner but hate the sin? Sadly, it has fallen out of fashion for a newer, more popular one: Love me, love my sins.
Have you ever listened to someone tell you the same story over and over again? How did you respond to that person after the fifth, tenth or fifteenth repetition? Did you realize that, in sharing the same story time and again, that person was entrusting you with something sacred—that you were standing on holy ground?
Could barren churches be just one reason why young people leave the Church in droves? After all, what is beautiful and attractive about such a space? Not only did I find it uninviting, it was most inhospitable to the very Person of our Lord, Jesus, who had been relegated to some area behind a wall, almost apologetically.