By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager
This week’s “Embracing Faith” article will focus on Embracing Faith through Mindfulness.
"Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong." -Corinthians 16:13
There’s nothing like a pandemic to make you question your faith. From the endless news stories about infections, deaths, jobs lost, to the falling stock market and social distancing, this is nothing short of a time of uncertainty and fear. However, this is also a time where we need to focus on mindfulness and ways to strengthen our faith. With social distancing guidelines set in place around the world, Catholics have had to find creative ways to practice their faith and embrace their spirituality. Here are eight suggestions on how you can keep faith during this pandemic.
Watch Mass from home – Many local parishes are streaming Masses on Facebook and YouTube. Reach out to your local parish to see if they are streaming Mass on any platform or if they know of any other local parishes doing so. You can also watch daily Masses on www.catholictv.org.
Allocate time for daily prayer and reflection – As the world has shifted to distance learning and remote work, for the time being, there has been an increased need for a daily check-in with God, as well as a break from technology.
Keep a gratitude journal – The simple act of writing down one thing you are thankful for at the end of each day will help you put life in perspective and maintain a sense of gratitude and faith during these tough times.
Keep in touch with loved ones – Make it a point to check in with family and friends each day. Whether it’s with a text, phone call, or video chat – they will appreciate knowing that you are thinking of them.
Commit an Act of Kindness – As frustrating as times may be right now, think of those you know who are elderly, disabled, or sick. They are experiencing much harder circumstances than you are and could use some extra kindness. Try sending them a card or picking up groceries for them – they will be grateful for your generosity.
Turn clutter into donations – Everyone always talks about spring cleaning – now it’s time actually to do it. Look through closets and shelves – you’ll be surprised about how much clutter you can get rid of while donating to those in need.
Volunteer – While we are all following social distancing, there are still opportunities to volunteer and give back. Many organizations are looking for drivers to deliver meals to those in need. Reach out to local People To People Organizations or Food Banks to find out more.
Make time for the outdoors – Make it a goal to spend a half-hour outside each day – whether it’s a walk or just sitting out in the back yard – you’ll be grateful that you did.
How are you keeping faith during this pandemic? Comment below and let us know.