It really is Easter time, not virtual Easter…but the real Easter Season! Alleluia! Recently, I was reflecting about how COVID-19 does not respect or recognize liturgical seasons, nature’s change of seasons, athletic seasons, Olympic or political planning, school calendars, family plans or personal goals or agendas. Indeed, for the past month, COVID-19 has caused nearly all of us to alter our routines and activities. We have subsequently lost some sense of “normal time” and how we typically navigate and plan for today and tomorrow. In the end, however, what remains unchanged is that this is God’s time – and always will be. God is always ‘on time’. God is always with us. Perhaps this Easter season, despite the many disruptions and factors that remain out of our controls, we can thank God for being the constant source of hope, comfort, joy and life. God is real…and is never late…even during virtual learning terms! Please click here to view the Easter reflection I shared with our students.
Video Conference Etiquette
Please click here to view Video Conferencing Etiquette for Students for some thoughtful suggestions for video conferencing.
Social Distancing – Socially Responsible and Generous!
National and global health data has been consistently demonstrating that the discipline of social distancing has helped to curb and slow the spread of COVID-19. It is estimated that in the US alone, this practice has potentially saved over 100,000 lives. We continue to encourage this practice among SMSA students and families. Social mobility defeats the gains of social distancing. So, though we crave socializing with one another, we encourage our students to resist social mobility and continue the socially conscious and socially responsible behaviors associated with social distancing.
Jesuit priest and author, Fr. James Martin, has recently said, “One of the ways of being kind, in addition to doing good things for your neighbors, is to practice social distancing and stay home and not give other people the disease. I think that’s one of the most generous things you can do, which is to take those precautions to prevent infecting other people”.
Mary – Our Patron – and Health of the Sick
Pope Francis composes a prayer asking Mary, Health of the Sick, to intercede for us during this pandemic. We invite the whole Springs community to offer this prayer.
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God.