To paraphrase James Bond, “our faith has been tested, but has not been shaken.” While this pandemic has given us all numerous challenges to face, it has also allowed us the time to realize the blessings that God has given us at this time. The love of friends and family has taken on a new meaning. The power of prayer means more now than ever. The giving of oneself in service to another is a joy to witness. The absence of the celebration of Mass causes us to reflect on that which is important to each of us.
Dealing with a pandemic is a journey in faith. We are blessed to have our Chaplain Fr. Evans Julce guiding us on this journey. Fr. Evans celebrates daily Mass via closed-circuit television for our Residents. He has made himself readily available to our Residents, to talk, to listen, to hear confession or to give a heartfelt and comforting blessing. He is a reassuring presence to both Residents and staff with his positive attitude and gentle but insightful manner. We are most grateful that our dear Chaplain has not lost his sense of humor in these difficult times.
Fr. Evans reminds us that our faith is being tested by this pandemic. He also reminds us that our faith is much stronger than any pandemic; and God’s love for us will see us through. We are most grateful to Fr. Evans for guiding us on this journey. Our faith may be tested, but it is not shaken.