How many of us, like Joseph, can look back on difficult times and see them as part of a bigger picture? Job loss can open new opportunities. A breakup can lead to new love. That doesn’t mean we would choose them. If I could go back and stop the COVID-19 pandemic, I would absolutely prevent the loneliness, loss and conflict of that time. However, I also see the grace embedded in it. When my family could no longer gather, we kept in closer contact than ever. When my children couldn’t see friends, they grew closer to each other. We experienced fresh longing for the Eucharist, felt greater gratitude for our blessings and found new ways to care for one another. God was with us through it all, shining light in the darkness.
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