Fr. Brent's Messages of Encouragement
Disaster or Opportunity?
While quarantined, sheltering in place, or just being safe, we run the risk of feeling sorry for ourselves and perceiving this time as a time of deprivation. This attitude leads to selfishness and boredom. “Me! Me! Me!” our spirit cries. But there is another way of putting this situation in perspective. We can view it as an opportunity to rise to the occasion and exercise Christian charity. Is there an elderly neighbor who might need shopping done? Is there a person is alone or lonely who could benefit from your phone call? Are there charities and churches to which you could be an online donor? And of course, we could all increase our prayer life, remembering especially those who most need protection and healing at this time. Ask the Spirit for the courage to draw us out of ourselves, to free us from self-pity and boredom, and to direct us what we might do best.
Not too long ago, someone looked at our parish calendar and all the activities we had planned for Lent, and commented, “Don’t you think your parish should slow down for Lent instead of speeding up?” Perhaps, this current difficult situation is God’s way of forcing us to slow down in Lent, to concentrate on what is truly important, and to call us back to prayer. If we put aside the media hysteria, and if we do not give in to a spirit of fear, then we can be prudent about the reality of our world’s situation. That realization should lead us to immerse ourselves in prayer; we need to hold up everyone who needs the support of the Body of Christ now. It is your duty as well as mine, and it seems as it is precisely what God is asking of us.