Daily Reflection:
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
My Friends in Christ,

This reflection was passed on to me recently. The author is Fr. Eamon Graham from
St. Mary’s Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Lavey Parish, Ireland. Good thoughts to share!

A reminder:
  1. There are no bombs raining on our heads.
  2. I am not a prisoner held in solitary confinement, as millions are.
  3. I am not a refugee trying to escape with my life.
  4. I am not standing in line waiting to fill a pot of water.
  5. I have access to fresh food and I am not starving.
  6. I have hot running water.
  7. My country has not been ruined by years of war.
  8. I can reach my friends by phone and check in on them.
  9. My friends check in on me, because they care about me.
  10. Any whiplash I feel about this strange turn of events is itself a sign of privilege.
  11. More than half the world would gladly trade their everyday problems for the modest inconveniences I am experiencing.
  12. I may have anxious dreams, but I am dreaming them on a proper bed, and I am not sleeping on the sidewalk.
  13. By staying at home, I am helping the planet rest.
  14. As long as I have my mind, I can create, imagine, dream, and not be lonely.
  15. This global crisis connects me to people around the world and reminds me of our common humanity. This is a good thing.
  16. When something tragic happens to another country next time, I will respond to it not with superiority, but humility and recognition.
  17. I will fight for positive changes and economically just policies in my own country.
  18. I am surrounded by books.
  19. I am surrounded by love.
  20. The trees have already begun to bloom.
Friends, let us help each other keep a balance in all things!

--Fr. Mike

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