When Covid-19 made a rude appearance in our country, we were faced with a certain fear and almost an awareness of something evil.
Our lives were being invaded by an enemy and in certain ways we could feel powerless to fight this enemy because it was invisible.
However, the powers that be were able to access the danger and work out ways that we could protect ourselves.
There would be sacrifices and the main one at first seemed to be keeping away from each other. Where normally a kind greeting could and would be made with a hug and close contact, now that had to be forfeited.
Instructions were given and we were strongly advised to adhere to all recommendations, especially the washing of hands and careful hygiene methods.
Masks and gloves were introduced and caused more distance between people.
Two meters apart became a law to be obeyed and the worst of all, the knowledge that this unseen enemy was targeting older people, those more vulnerable and likely to become ill and even die.
I'm so grateful to the Irish people for stepping up to the mark and paying attention to all the recommendation made so those who are the weakest in the country can be protected.
In a way, this is the Christian message, to love one another and there are so many examples of this love, even to the heroic, through the Frontline workers and many, many people who have made it their business to look out for and help elderly persons in the community.
Perhaps, for each one of us, the call has been to go 'inward' and develop our relationship with our Creator; to recognize our need for God and learn to be at peace with ourselves.
A universal Retreat is taking place to help us to become more aware of what is important in life; to love and to be happy and free from stress.
There's no need to go back to how things used to be. We are being invited to make a new beginning !