Tuesday (St Patrick)

My life has been taken over by the coronavirus. No, I’m not symptomatic, nor is anyone I know. But the situation is evolving so rapidly that I’ve now had to put out three pastoral letters on the subject inside of a two-week period. Most of today was spent crafting the third, first with poring over the CDC website to make sure I wasn’t missing anything (having decided to adopt the CDC as my benchmark for guidelines). Did some consulting by phone and email, and the letter dropped late in the afternoon. I did manage to get a little work done on a Palm Sunday homily, but not as much as I’d planned on. Email, text, and social media distraction on the subject at hand were never-ending, and it was just emotionally laborious in the first place that it kind of wore me out mentally for doing anything else. Anyway, it’s done, for whatever it may be worth. Good Lord, deliver us.

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