In these very worrying times I want to thank you for your prayers, especially for all those who are called to assist the sick and their families. We rely ever more upon prayer in this battle which is being waged at so many levels worldwide. Pray for fortitude in the weeks to come.
Special thanks to those at STM Toronto who have been faithful in their presence and in serving at Sunday Mass which has been temporarily suspended.
This morning I will celebrate our pro populo Laetare Mass privately at the dining room table in our apartment as we are joined in spiritual communion and in asking God's grace for our small parish and the world.
My prayer will be that as the rose (symbolized in today's liturgy) emerges from the death of winter, so we all will emerge from a Lent of spiritual and physical challenges to give thanks for the enduring grace of God and for the beauty of creation which is always a sign of the resurrection and of the eternal mercy of God.
May the sufferings of our Lord Jesus be joined with those of his people as we look for the light at the end of a long Lenten trial.