Friday, May 15, 2020 –
Today is the first day with (limited) public Masses in our diocese. There are many caveats and conditions, but today I was able to pray at the foot of the Cross during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and receive the Blessed Sacrament for the first time in two months.
My heart is beyond full! Words cannot express how joyful today is. I feel whole, complete! I have shed great tears of joy.
However, since our diocese (and many others) are not back to full capacity, and many people are still unable to attend Mass or receive the Eucharist, I plan on continuing my daily ramblings…tomorrow.
For today, I am over the moon to have been with my Lord at Mass. I prayed for our Priest, for our Bishop, for our diocese, our Pontiff, and for Mother Church. I prayed for those in our diocese and elsewhere who are still under lockdown and those suffering during this time. I especially prayed for the great many parishioners within our own diocese who are still under orders.
Our diocese got “split in half,” so to speak. The governor kept parts of our state under lockdown. Unfortunately, that meant that half of our diocese could **possibly** go to Mass (with all the limitations and conditions), and half are still prohibited from gathering for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is a hot mess!
It is a long road ahead. Things are changing daily, even hourly. Patience and perseverance are key, and a devout prayer life.
When we all do return to Mass, it is the most sublime peace you will have ever felt. Bring tissues…lots of tissues.
Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us!