I don’t know about you, but I need a haircut. I know whenever I find myself thinking about whatever it is that this pandemic is not allowing me to do, I try and find something that this pandemic has shown me. So while I may want to sit here and write to you about what we are not able to do at this time. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you what valuable lessons I have learned throughout our time in the shelter in place.
Firstly let me start by sharing the most pertinent lesson I have learned during this time. Families and extended families are the most valuable and essential. That may seem like a no brainer lesson, but I do have to say that this pandemic has definitely made my need for my family much more necessary to me. I thank God daily that I still have most of my family intact. However, I will say that I don’t think I understood how valuable it was before the pandemic, to be able to visit my Mom and Dad and my In-laws and to have my daughter to see her grandparents. Rest assured that I will forever pray for those of us who are not blessed with family nearby.
While I am on the subject of family, the other lesson I have learned is that true friendship is something to be cherished and nurtured. I cannot tell you how valuable my friendships have been to me. Even though I can’t see all of my friends in person. I have been able to keep in touch with them through the means available to me with the internet. I will forever pray for those of us who do not have friends nearby or cannot see their friends for whatever reason.
Like Bishop Mark mentions in his article, We are a Eucharistic people, we cannot live without the Sunday Mass. While I have been one of the very blessed to be able to be physically present at Mass during our recordings of them. It is not at all lost on me that the celebration of Mass is something not only to be cherished, but It is also essential to who we are as a community. Please know that I have been praying for all of our faithful during this time of the pandemic. Moving forward, I will forever pray for those who cannot attend Mass. While I am here in our Diocese, I will work to help those of us that cannot go to Mass.
Another lesson I have learned is that my ability to be able to eat when I would like is an incredible blessing I should have always valued in my daily life. I recently had the opportunity of visiting the warehouse for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. During my time there, I was astonished to learn that there are a lot of El Pasoans literally fighting hunger daily here on the borderland. I will forever pray for those of us who go to bed hungry. For the rest of my life, I hope never to take for granted my ability to feed myself and my family.
All of the lessons above have helped to reshape my prayers for the rest of my life. I think, above all else, these lessons have taught me that I am incredibly blessed. These lessons have taught me that God is a constant presence in my life, and His presence is one that I know as a sinner I do not deserve. For the rest of my life, I will pray and work hard for those who do not have. I hope to continue to be of service to the community.