05 April 2020

Walking While Tilted

Another long, odd week.  I have not known what to write.  Our world has tilted, and sometimes it feels hard to walk the Way.  Ian has been home all week from work ~ we are all on lockdown.  This is the end of the second week.  It feels like months, and this is coming from someone who lives a very quiet, cloistered life under normal circumstances.  I cannot imagine what people who are very busy, busy, busy and rarely at home are experiencing.

It is easy to despair, even for we who have Faith.  I do not like to see the bulk of British society placing all its hope in Westminster and mere mankind.  There have been many rainbows appearing in people's windows, but I don't see any signs of the Faith anywhere.  What, I wonder, will it take for people to see what is lasting Truth?  Maybe most people will never see it.  I don't know.

We have kept our Domestic Church active:  lots of prayers, a novena, online daily Mass, Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, readings, things like that.  So far, for the approach of Holy Week, we have made a cross from twigs gathered on our "one period of exercise" walk outside.  Somehow, it was blessed via an online Mass.  We have also made branches in lieu of palms, with the materials we have here in the North, and have hung them on our front and back gates, and the front door.

This morning, we joined Pope Francis via the Vatican News website, in his beautiful and glorious Palm Sunday liturgy.  You can view all of Pope Francis's activies, prayers, and Masses HERE.

We must persevere.  This Lent has been very trying, and yet, it has shown us most pointedly, in black and white, what is really important.  I hope we here in our home, and the wider "we" can learn from this -- what is essential, and what is not.  I have been musing on all the things that really constitute clutter, both physically and mentally.  If anything good is come from all of this, I hope it will be stronger, increased Faith, and a simpler way of living.

For those who wish to follow Holy Week at the Vatican, here is a schedule, from EWTN:

Blessings to you all as we enter this Holiest of times!

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