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Guy
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Post by Guy » Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:39 am

We received this poem this morning and want to share it. It reminded us that we have the freedom to choose our response to life in these strange times. Anxiety maybe contagious, but so is love.

Lockdown

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.

Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM

March 13th 2020

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Al Sisti
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Location: Whitesboro NY

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Post by Al Sisti » Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:23 pm

Guy wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:39 am
We received this poem this morning and want to share it. It reminded us that we have the freedom to choose our response to life in these strange times. Anxiety maybe contagious, but so is love.

Lockdown

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Stole/shared on my Facebook page. Sorely needed elegance and positivity.

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MajordomoTom
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Location: St. Louis, MO

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Post by MajordomoTom » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:43 pm

we spent part of this afternoon watching a female bunny (doe) digging out a side area near a plant in our sideyard, then a smaller/deeper part, then covering it all back up.

now she can't be seen, and we will have a very good view of what's to come while we're housebound.

live will go on.
"Lots of planets have a North", the Ninth Doctor.

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ChrisKochmanski
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Post by ChrisKochmanski » Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:38 pm

Indeed, starting to get into the rhythm of a long, quiet day. Slowing down to savor every little thing. Including the puzzles!

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