Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I hope the suggestions for self-care were helpful to you. It has been passed on to me by one of our parishioners that one way to be prayerful during this time is to pray a Hail Mary as you wash your hands for 20 seconds. I tried it and by the time I finished washing my hands for 20 seconds I was finished praying the Hail Mary. Thanks JM.
When you find yourself anxious, fearful or depressed about this current situation (which are normal feelings to have), try not to live in that space. After you have acknowledged your feelings, do something positive. During mass we intentionally choose music that will mirror the readings of the day or a situation that our community might be experiencing. One positive way of moving forward in this awkward time is to listen to music that positively influences your feelings. Here is a short list of liturgical songs that you can Google and listen to that might be helpful:
- Be Not Afraid – Bob Dufford
- Here I Am – Tom Booth
- You Are Here – William McDowell
- Falling on my Knees – William McDowell
- I Surrender All – various
- You Know My Name – Tasha Cobb
- I Will Be with You – Roger Moore
And remember that you are not alone. All of us are experiencing this change collectively.