“I just got a phone call from an employee at my mom’s nursing home who said she heard that I missed my mom, am heartsick about not being able to see her, and that I wanted to FaceTime with her. So, she had my mom FaceTime with me. I was overjoyed and overcome by this gesture! And here’s the crazy part: I never told anyone that I wanted to FaceTime my mom. I didn’t even know it was a possibility.

“In all of these things, God’s hand is at work. I talk about this all the time with my students; angels among us that are doing God’s work. We talk about how in times of chaos and crisis, God always raises up people to be the good against the evil. St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “We can do small things with great love.” So, are you doing something small, yet extraordinary? Can you help to end someone’s nightmare of fear? Can you calm someone’s storm? I know this for sure; great joy is had by serving others. It is through doing for others and bringing them solace that peace comes to your heart. During this time of great fear and uncertainty, remember the One that comforts the scared, never abandons, and conquers the demons. And strive to be like Him. It will not just make you feel better, it will make the other person feel better, as well. Nothing can defeat the human heart that is filled with our Lord. Peace be with you.”

— From a reflection by Catherine Mackey, MAPT, Director of Faith Formation at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Baldwinsville, in the parish’s March 22 bulletin

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