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Alpha – Omega

During the past few weeks I, like many of you, have had more time than usual to reflect. I reflect on my work and relationships, my spirituality and my life. I think about where I have been and where I am going. The world is different now. We have been forced to change our lifestyle. Like it or not, accept it or don’t, change has been necessary. 

Words of Comfort

Fighting this Covidvirus has been compared to fighting a battle. It has been said that the world is at war with an unknown contagion. And there are victims. As pastoral workers, we try to accompany people along their journey. We try to give them hope when they are challenged and we offer consolation in times of sorrow and sadness. Especially during times like this. In a recent interview our Bishop, Felix Gmür, said it perfectly, “I get my strength for my ministry from the gospels. After every Good Friday comes Easter and the Resurrection.”

Poem of Comfort

Laura Kelly Fanucci, writer and the director of the Communities of Calling Initiative at Saint John's University (Minnesota, U.S.A.) shared the following on social media:

When this is over,
may we never again
take for granted 
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbors
A crowded theatre
Friday night out
The taste of communion
A routine checkup
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
Life itself.

When this ends,
may we find
that we have become
more like the people
we wanted to be
we were called to be
and may we stay
that way - better
for each other
because of the worst.

Verses of Comfort

In times of uncertainty and despair we can always find words of comfort in the scriptures. John writes in the final book of the Bible (Revelation 1:17-18): 
When I caught sight of him, I fell down at his feet as though dead. He touched me with his right hand and said, “Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last, the one who lives. Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever.”

God Bless you and stay at home. Fr. Urs