Daily Meditation for November 9, 2021

Although the Delta Virus continues to make inroads and take lives, there’s been an undeniable shift in social gatherings. Area papers and church bulletins advertise autumn and pre-holiday festivals. The games go on in gyms and athletic fields. Celebrations are picking up among family groups. Staff has reappeared in workplaces. While most people are prudently cautious to keep contagion of the virus in check, these gatherings are lifting spirits after a long period of separation from one another. Yet, there is a multitude still lonely, with visitors being limited or nonexistent. There are many who grieve alone because it’s unsafe to come together. Once again we mentally locate those disheartened folk and connect as we are able. Phone calls, Facetime, window visits, greeting cards, and other caring ways bridge absence with personal concern. As we move toward holiday gatherings, may we continue to span the distance between jovial gatherings and those wanting to be included.

By Ruth Feeney, OSB