In early May when restrictions on those of us over-70 were relaxed, I visited the Church of the Presentation here in Knockmitten where I minister. Part of Clondalkin Parish – a parish which has continued to offer restricted services – the church had been completely shut down since mid-March. I was sad to see all the signs of Lent still on display within the church – as if time had just stood still!
As I walked to the church, the atmosphere was eerie. While nature was in full bloom, there were few people out and no children playing. The nearby M50, which is always so busy, had very little traffic.
Living on my own, I am grateful to have space for exercise and for easy isolation. My morning routine is prayer and reflection, with the Eucharist on webcam from Glenstal Abbey. In Lent a parishioner gave me a copy of Richard Rohr’s ‘The Universal Christ’; I find it both challenging and inspirational.
I have regular contact by phone with the leaders of the community. With their help I do a twice-weekly Facebook reflection for our local community. A very good friend checks every day to see that I am still around (!), does my weekly shopping and makes sure that I keep well and reasonably fit.
With all the supports that I have in Knockmitten as well as those from the leadership team and friends, I really feel blessed. The challenge is to make the most of the opportunities that present themselves!+