Friday, March 20, 2020

“Heart and Soul”

“Social Distancing”.  Now that is a phrase we did not use frequently in the era before COVID 19!  It has been practiced as a way to prevent the transmission of disease, of course, for as long as human beings have lived in community.  It has been the sad experience for those shunned because of physical disabilities and mental health issues for generations.  It is now our reality but in the most responsible and accountable way!

This photo of the matches has gone viral, in several manifestations.  The person who steps away protects those later in the line of transmission. 

To quote from Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Heath, Ottawa Public Health: “Social distancing refers to creating physical distance between ourselves so that we can limit the spread of the virus. Social distancing by all is IMPERATIVE to limit transmission in the community, to protect vulnerable populations and outbreaks in institutions. We must “flatten the curve”… Social distancing is important for everyone at this time, but especially important for our older adult community (55+).”  

This does not translate to emotional or spiritual distancing.  As we continue to contact family, friends, coworkers and parishioners, around the world, we begin to understand that we are indeed, one human family.  Although we cannot be in physical contact we can spend ‘quality time’ with God and offer fervent prayers for all those most severely tested by this pandemic.  And we can focus on all the gifts, the fruits, of the Spirit that keep ourselves strong, in body, mind and spirit, and provide loving support to others.  “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…If we live by the Spirit , let us also be guided by the Spirit.” Galatians 5:22, 25