We’re moving into a time of year when everything that may have overwhelmed folks throughout the spring and summer is coming to a head. Maybe you’ve faced a debilitating illness, or lost someone you loved dearly or have too much to do at work and feel overwhelmed, or been laid off or lost your job. We hardly have time to step back and take a breath before we start worrying about somebody or something else. It’s the way of our world these days.
Checking the news and keeping our eyes open to see what’s happening not only in the world but also to see those around us, both those we know and those we may see only once.
We’ve watched videos of people being carried out of their homes in Liberia by people covered from head to toe in protective clothing to keep them from contracting Ebola, a disease that is desiccating parts of that nation among several others in West Africa. Now, we’re watching as a second heath care worker in Dallas has contracted the disease. People are beginning to realize something like this can happen here.
Forget ancestry.com. Tracking or even describing family units can be tricky, especially in today’s world. Adults and children are gathered together, but it doesn’t always work out to be a mother, a father, and one or more children. It can be a father with children, a mother with children and more and more often, grandparents with children.
Sometimes the Season of Lent seems more like a way of life than a specific period of time carved out in the Church year. If we knew that 40 days of suffering and denial would lead to great joy and redemption, we could do that easily, reaching out with hope and almost joy.
In this first quarter of 2014 we will see five parishes in the diocese close with their official suppression date March 3. The official date comes two days before Ash Wednesday this year.