Deacon Travlik’s Corner
Social distancing, wash your hands, wear a mask, don’t touch your face, stay at home if you are 65 or older, have someone do your grocery shopping. I’m sure we are all familiar with all of these given to us by the good medical people in an attempt to keep us safe during this pandemic.
The question is, are we following these directives? If not, we are only defeating the purpose. This virus is silent. It can attack if these directives are not followed.
Staying at home all this time is something that many of us may not be familiar with. Maybe it has given us the time to take care of things we may have put off. Going through drawers and closets and finding something that hasn’t been seen for 5 years. Separating things to keep, throw away or better yet donate.
It gives us time to work on our Spiritual lives as well. Spending time with our Lord through the Sacred Scriptures or other spiritual readings. Living in this time of the internet we have so many opportunities to see daily Mass via live streaming or search out websites on meditation and prayers.
Now we begin the safe process at St. Jerome to return to church. We will gather and follow the guidelines that we have been given by the diocese to keep everyone safe. We will gather as the body of Christ as we bring our domestic church to the Parent church. We not only hear the word of God and receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, but we pray for all our brothers and sisters throughout the world, especially those touched by Covid-19.
We also pray for those in the medical field, doctors, nurses, first responders and all those others who have been working to keep us safe during this time of staying at home.
How long will this last? No one can say for sure, only God knows. Bur we line in Hope and Faith in Him through his son, Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
And as I am always telling my family, friends and parishioners, THIS TOO SHALL PASS.
Deacon Peter Travalik
Parish Secretary/business manager at St. Jerome Church