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Dear Friends of the Monastery,
 
Greetings to everyone. Here at 190 we hope each of you, your families and loved ones are going OK and most of all that you are keeping well. In these times of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic everything is getting a little tougher and for some too a little more lonely. Certainly the gradual lock-down is frustrating. For our part we at the monastery will try and stay in touch with you on a regular basis using our mailing list. If there are others you know, especially people who come to the monastery, who are not on our mailing list, then please get their address along to us so they too may be included.
 
The present pandemic has brought much suffering to many around the world, especially in China, Italy and Spain. Yet, the pandemic can be a reminder that there are far, far greater numbers of people in every age, including our own, who suffer from hunger, poverty, ill health and horrible never-ending wars. Millions perish under the hammer of the pandemic of injustice and it happens day and night., year after year. Only infrequently does it make the news or catch the attention of the masses. So often too the Church can miss Lazarus lying at the gate covered in sores. 2020 is a year that is opening humanity’s eyes.
 
Dear friends, I wonder if the silver lining in this dreadful cloud is that people may see again that life is given. No matter how care-free in the living, life is not to be presumed, not to be used up or abused. This year, dealing with the horrendous fires and now dealing with the Corona virus, the stand-out has been, and remains the unreserved generosity of first responders, doctors, nurses and the many who reach out. 

God is inviting Christians to understand that Eucharist is lived in every time and in every place, most especially when generous care is given the other, attention is focussed on the needy, time is enjoyed with persons and when on the occasion prayer is shared. This, friends, is Eucharist.

So, if our churches are closed for the sake of keeping everyone safe through social distancing, please don’t see it as a deprivation. Rather, this time is surely God leading us into the realities of his world. God, in one way or another is leading us to the wounded masses. God is inviting Christians to understand that Eucharist is lived in every time and in every place, most especially when generous care is given the other, attention is focussed on the needy, time is enjoyed with persons and when on the occasion prayer is shared. This, friends, is Eucharist. This is Jesus broken and given in all who serve, Jesus poured out in all who offer their lives and time.  Don’t be afraid if the church building is closed. Be afraid rather not to see Eucharist in all of life, for it is surely there. The risen Christ is there. So, let’s keep an eye out for each other and somewhere whisper a prayer. There is no time to be lost. To live is to be blessed.  Let’s live!

Fr Edmond Nixon CSsR