We had expected to be telling you about such monastic happening as Taizé Prayer, the Benedictine Friends meeting between Sisters and college students, and the final oblation rites for three of our oblate candidates.
But, as God is always reminding us, circumstances alter the plans of mortals. The College is switching to online classes, all public events have been cancelled, and we have been forced to close our doors to protect vulnerable people on Benet Hall and at the Benedictine Living Community next door.
You, too, have had to make changes as churches close along with theaters, concerts, restaurants, art shows – it’s beginning to feel like the world has been cancelled.
Last weekend, I helped a friend assemble for her fellow parishioners a list of online opportunities for prayer and entertainment. I realized today that this could be shared with a larger audience than my former home parish. So here is a brief list of ways to help you grow spirituality and perhaps stretch your mind, while remaining ‘socially distanced’ or quarantined at home.
May you find blessings hidden in each day of trial and new ways to connect with others, and may the Holy Spirit keep your body healthy and your sense of humor intact.
Give Us This Day This wonderful monthly periodical from St. John’s University includes the Liturgy of the Hours, Mass readings, reflections, and Blessed Among Us. for each day. Liturgical Press is providing it online at no cost for the duration of the emergency: https://giveusthisday.org/Digital
Diocesan websites are listing resources for those unable to attend Mass. See, for instance, my home diocese in Michigan at http://www.dioceseofgaylord.org/ for times and web links.
Daily Mass online from the Word On Fire chapel, celebrated by either Bishop Robert Barron or Fr. Steve Grunow. https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/
Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota will live-stream Mass, weekdays at 5:00 pm, Saturdays at 11:30 am, and Sundays at 10:30 am, central daylight time. https://saintjohnsabbey.org/live
Learn about our Jewish friends’ faith through free videos on www.chabad.org. Click here for videos specially selected for this time:
Free viewings of recorded operas from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, with a different opera everyday: https://www.metopera.org/
Free live online art lessons for the family at https://www.facebook.com/pg/makepaducah/posts/?ref=page_internal
Open Culture: The Best Free Cultural and Educational Material on the Web http://www.openculture.com/
The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections: http://mcn.edu/a-guide-to-virtual-museum-resources/