We are socially distancing from each other right now. We need to keep six feet away from each other and other precautions to keep us safe. However, we may feel that we are distanced in more ways than just being six feet away from everyone. We may feel a distance from close friends who we see regularly but can’t now. We may feel some distance from the Church; we may not have set foot in a church in weeks we are accustomed to going weekly or even daily. I’m accustomed to saying mass for people engaging in public acts of worship and meeting in groups. All of this isn’t happening. What an experience in my first year of my priesthood!
One way we may feel distanced is from God. We may find God in the Church in other people and our public acts of worship. Outside of watching mass on Facebook or Youtube, we aren’t worshiping like we typically do, however, as the psalm says today, “the Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”
How can we be reminded of God’s closeness to us when we can’t go to mass, can’t go to the adoration chapel, and many other things we are used to. We can pray the rosary and grow close to the mother of God. We can spend time in prayer and reading the scriptures. Something we have much more of is free time, at least that is the case for me. I encourage you to watch the video below. It may give you some ideas on what to do with the extra time you have during the day.