I had a close encounter with Indiana Jones a few months back, and today I find it teaching me a bit of something about hope.
Monthly Archives: April 2020
“Too bad Thomas didn’t have Zoom…”
These days, that’s my initial reaction when I hear the gospel passage for the Second Sunday of Easter. (A familiar tale, yes? The story of Doubting Thomas who didn’t happen to be physically present when the Risen Christ makes one of his first appearances.)
“Social distancing” affects tons of small enterprises…some of which are obvious, and some less so. I’d put “retreat centers” in the less-than-obvious camp, I think: We tend not to keep them top of mind, unless we happen to be going on retreat in a given week.
Which is why I was intrigued by a new program launched at LaSalle Retreat Center this week — called Self Care with LaSalle. It provides some simple, everyday ways for folks to use this “downtime” productively…and may perhaps help generate a little revenue for LaSalle at a time when income from in-person retreats is virtually nil.
You may want to check it out…
As sunlight faded on our socially-distant Good Friday in 2020, I noticed that our dogwood buds had just begun to open…and offer their beauty to the world…
Beauty intrudes, like a gentle kiss from the Holy Spirit…
And so it begins, this most unusual of Triduum celebrations.
What I notice mostly is this: All of my “Holy Week” rhythms are “off” – completely out of whack.
We waited until we knew the grandsons were napping this afternoon… before making a “socially distant” drop-off of Easter goodies on their front stoop.
Somehow, the cloak-and-dagger tactics seemed to fit the day.
Covid-19 claimed another piece of normalcy today, and I felt the reverberations in my “lizard brain.”
It’s never good when that happens – when I sense that my “fight or flight” reflex has been activated. Oddly, the trigger in this case was a trip to the grocery store.