It’s been a scary year so far, and most of the strategies people adopt to get through are fairly long-term. What can you do in the next hour to feel better right now?
- It’s Eastertide! The Lord is risen! This is a time for prayer, but make it joyful! One option: Father, help us to seek the values that will bring us lasting joy in this changing world. In our desire for what you promise make us one in mind and heart. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
- Plan to prepare a special festive meal. We shouldn’t just think of Easter day as a time for festivities, but this entire first octave of Easter fairly bursts with hope and joy. Because in our current time we cannot invite family and friends to join us, we tend to skip the events we usually share. But this is a time of rejoicing, so sit down now and plan a menu for a special meal, and decorate your table with flowers, even if it’s a meal for one or two people. This is sure to lift your spirits!
- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said, “There is no experience of God unless one goes out from the business of everyday living.” The Easter season is an opportunity for us to look upon the world around us with new eyes. Make a list of all the things you have learned through this time “out from the business of everyday living,” and that you’re grateful for. The list could include appreciation of being able to go to church; a fresh look at acts of goodness and kindness; a sense of solidarity with others suffering in the world.
Easter is the greatest Christian feast, so great, in fact, that it cannot be celebrated adequately on a single day! All eight days from Easter Sunday to the Second Sunday of Easter are considered solemnities, the Church’s highest-ranking feast, and each day is celebrated with festivity and joy. If we can keep that in the forefront of our minds, then even a virus will not be able to dim our joy at the resurrection.