How we can show love right now
August 6, 2021
Good morning Friends,
When I wake up each morning, I try to find something to celebrate, the joy of family or friends, something good heard on the news, etc. It helps put my mind in a better mindset as I start my day. There are some days when the news is not a source of joy and tends to focus on drumming up feelings of fear, anger or any of the emotions that I would consider “hot”. One of the things I typically tell people in the confessional is that when we react, we should take a few moments before we respond. Anger, frustration and the other emotions that tend to get us into trouble, tend to be the ones that rise to the surface first. The other rational and logical emotions tend to take a little more time to come to light and are usually the ones that we need from the beginning. It is why I remind people of how important it is to love and show God’s love to everyone.
We cannot fall into the trap of espousing God’s love only when it is convenient. We need to be mindful of how we think and how we act. Years ago, I went to confession and one of the things I confessed was that on my way to a communion call, someone cut me off and my
came to the forefront. I may have said some very bad things. It wasn’t until I was halfway through the communion call that I realized I had Jesus in my pocket as I was cursing the driver out. The guilt I felt at that moment is something that reminds me of how I must keep my focus and patience everywhere I go. As an aside, the priest chuckled because I think that was the first time, he had heard that.
The last two paragraphs as well as last week’s email have been a build up to something that I am sure is going to anger some of you. I apologize but as our summer continues and we are seeing an uptick in cases linked to the Delta variant of Covid-19, we need to shift our focus back to Covid. I am tired of the amount of mental space Covid has taken in my brain. Sadly, it will be here for a while. Please keep the political divide part of your brain out of what I am about to say. For me and the safety of our Parish community, it has never been political. It has been about the safety of all of you. When I say I am pro-life, I use the phrase from conception until natural death which means for every aspect of life. I do not pick and choose what fits that definition.
I would like to remind the members of our Parish family to be safe and follow all precautions due to the highly transmissible Covid-19 Delta variant. It is "strongly recommended" by the CDC, for the safety of all, that those vaccinated and unvaccinated to wear a mask in public indoor settings. If you are not vaccinated, you SHOULD be wearing a mask. While this guideline is only a recommendation, my guess is that in the coming weeks, it may no longer be just a guideline. Wear a mask. If you are wearing one, please wear it appropriately, covering both your nose and mouth. Also, please wear a proper mask. I don’t care if you wear a gaiter or one of the other funky types, but if I can see your lips through the mask, it is not really a mask, is it? Lastly, and I know the last time I said this people were angered by the statement (not sure why?), if you are not vaccinated, please do so if you are able. Trust the science and what we hear from the CDC or WHO. Trust the guidance from the FDA and other organizations. I have no idea why vaccines or masks have become an
us versus them
political philosophy. It should be
us versus Covid
and the variants that are causing an uptick in cases and deaths.
Our lives cannot be about ourselves and what we want. It is not what Christ has called us to do nor asked us to do. Don’t let the first emotion be the one that rules your thoughts. Respond with love and compassion. As I said at the end of my letter last week, what matters more to me is that if I were to die tomorrow, what would I be remembered for aside from my converse, coffee addiction and sarcasm? I would hope that I am remembered for the message I preached and how I lived my life, even if at times I failed. In this case, I hope I remembered for what I have done to try to keep people safe during a pandemic.
Be safe, be well.
Fr. Brian Quinn
on Friday, August 6 at 11:19AM