We have all been through an unexpected journey this past year that are in many ways universal
while others with others unique and personal. Pope Francis recently wrote a trenchant and
heartfelt piece in The New York TImes that I found moving and forward looking in this journey together. These are but a few example of his:
"To come out of this pandemic better than when we came in, we must let ourselves be touched by
other's pain. Where the danger is, also gives the healing power. This is a moment to think big, to rethink our priorities -- what we want, what we seek - and to commit to act in our daily life on what we have dreamed of. To come out of this crisis better we have to recover the knowledge that we as a people have a shared destination. The pandemic has reminded us that no one is saved alone: the call to embrace the reality that we are bound by bonds of reciprocity."
How will you continue on your journey to Christmas in a year so different from others before?
If our family gatherings are not the same, what can be done to help loved ones suffering from pain or loss or just the ability to comfort one another? Perhaps we could reach out to community projects for those alone, with food insecurity or other worries. A warm voice on the telephone melts hearts. I'm sure this is not news to you, but, as Pope Francis noted, we are in this journey
together and there is such might in a helping quest.
* synonyms for journey in this context: a passage, quest. mission, pilgrimage
- Dalen Cole