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Welcome to our April edition of Faith Journey.  Our prayers and thoughts are with each of you as we navigate this difficult time dealing with the affects of COVID-19.
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Rituals

I have procrastinated for the last two weeks about how to start this article. I wondered if I should write about COVID-19. Things seem to be changing so quickly, that today’s news is stale tomorrow.  And hasn’t enough been written already? Aren’t we all getting a bit tired of the “C” word? But I figured that many of you subscribe to Faith Journey because you are trying to make sense of the Catholic faith, and how it might have a role in everyday life.

Well, Catholic or not, we are all trying to make sense of what is happening in our world. That is, the world at large, and our own world. For practising Catholics, the rhythm of their week is missing a beat. The ritual of the Sunday Mass has been replaced with online offerings and private or family prayer. 

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A Thought for the Journey

One of my rituals each week is to listen to my favourite podcast from Bishop Robert Barron. That probably sounds incredibly holy, but believe me, he’s really very interesting. Even if you aren’t Catholic, he’s worth listening to.

Naturally enough he’s been giving his thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic, and what that might mean for people of faith. He referenced one of his favourite philosophers, Blaise Pascal (yes, he was also a mathematician). Pascal said: “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Pascal thought that people spent a lot of time allowing themselves to be distracted from what truly matters.


 

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