I want to share with you some of the insights I have learned because of the Coronavirus.
During Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, I like to look at the empty tabernacle and the stripped altar and think what it would feel like not to be able to go to Mass and receive Holy Communion. This year I got a feeling of what it would be like. You might say to me, “You are a brother and don’t have to miss Mass.” Because I wanted to share in your suffering, I did not go to Mass three days in a row. Fr. Mark, my superior, asked if I went to Mass. I told him I skipped it so I could suffer with all of you. He knows me well so he said, “You do not like long homilies so you would enjoy it.” It is true that I do not like long homilies but the Mass is a lot more than the homilies, thank God.
Because of my experiment, I got to experience what it would be like not to go to Mass and receive Communion. I felt I should thank God for making it so easy for most people. It might only take five or ten or thirty minutes to get to a church. God loves us so much. If you have love it will cast out all fear. I learned if I thank God for all the gifts He gives me (hands, nose, eyes, ears, family, friends, rain snow, sun and everything else). I see how much God is loving me and I know He is taking care of me in these hard times. If I am thanking God, it is hard to complain about the things I do not have. We even have to thank God in the midst of this crisis. So I thank Him for permitting this crisis because He has helped me to grow spiritually through it. He always brings good out of evil.
I am praying for each of you by name because the Blessed Mother knows each of you by name and I give you all to her.
Br. Leo Mary, MFVA