“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20.

There are many different lessons we can take from our lockdown period. In the midst of the uncertainty, there are many good things that we have been able to do. If there is something I’m sure we can all agree on, is the fact that technology has played such an important role in keeping us united. It has enabled us to stay in contact with our families, friends, people we know and has even made it possible for many of us to work from home.  

In my case, one way we have been able to share as a family during this time is by praying the Holy Rosary. Even though we live in completely different time zones and the inevitable technological issues, we have managed to find a time to unite in prayer every day.  

What makes our family time even more special is having my little nieces and nephews (who are seven, ten and eleven years old respectively) leading our prayer time. In their own words, “it’s the highlight moment of their day.” It is a complete blessing witnessing how they have learned and evolved in their prayers as they play their instruments while singing hymns. They are now Zoom experts taking turns in hosting meetings, sharing screens and teaching us some Zoom tricks and amidst their prayers.

There have also been so many creative ways in which parish teams have been connecting with others ranging from the normal zoom meetings to afternoon tea, bible groups, RCIA meetings, retreats and even virtual pilgrimages! Regardless of the way we choose to meet, the true essence lies in our heartfelt desire to join with others, to share our faith trusting that God listens to our prayers for He has promised us “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20.

We have heard ‘The family that prays together, stays together.’ I like adding and thinking ‘Families & communities that pray together, stay together.’
More than ever, we need to encourage each other. We need to pray together; we need to stay together. Let us start with the ones closer to us, then reaching out for those in need remembering that our Father is with us and that He will send the Holy Spirit to guide and bless us with His eternal love.