Daily Update

News April 22, 2020

Good morning.

 

Please know of all my prayers for you, and those of Father Bob and Nate. We love you very much, and hold you very dear in our hearts. Please God, the day will come soon when all of this darkness will be past us and we may once again gather in joy.

 

In the meantime, we must remain vigilant. We must watch our for depression, for disengagement, for loneliness. We must watch for this in ourselves, and in others.

 

So, how to watch for it in ourselves?

 

I find it very important to try to maintain a schedule. I try to keep a holy hour of prayer every day. I also pray with my brothers here in the house twice a day, morning and evening. We eat breakfast and supper together, and continue to cook real meals and have real conversation. I dress each day as if I were going out to do my ministry, even if I don't ever walk through the front door and all my ministry is done by phone and video. I have time set aside for reading each day, and other forms of recreation, and I'm trying to do it by a plan and not randomly. I'm in bed by 11:00PM, and up by 6:30AM.

 

This continuation of a plan of life has been critical for me in getting through this without losing heart.

 

So, how to watch out for depression and disengagement and loneliness in others?

 

Reach out to others. Have some people you talk with every day. I have a video call with my two sisters each day in the late afternoon. I do Night Prayer with two friends by video call each evening at 9:00PM. Then I try to reach out each day to people I don't talk with all the time, and to be sure that a portion of my day is spent doing that.

 

So, on to other things.

 

We will be having the Men's Bible Study tonight at 7:00PM. Here is the Zoom link for it:

Father Paul Soper is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Men's Bible Study

Time: Apr 22, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89137812204?pwd=NEtCV2xCaXJmNk5CdlRWR0g5QmsxZz09

Meeting ID: 891 3781 2204

Password: 293502

 

We will be having the Women's Bible study tomorrow night (Thursday) at 7:00PM. Here is the Zoom link for it:

Father Paul Soper is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Women's Bible Study

Time: Apr 23, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88220420201?pwd=bmNSbitNRHdSYkttbXBuZE16a3VjZz09

Meeting ID: 882 2042 0201

Password: 693932

 

Don't forget daily Rosary and Chaplet - on Facebook. You don't need a Facebook account - just this link: https://www.facebook.com/saintmmparish.org/

 

Don't forget to be reading the Bible. For today I would suggest Acts Chapter 3.

 

God bless you.

 

Father Paul