Yes, travel was possible, at least for a couple months, in 2020. In contrast to 2019, the year 2020 was obviously much more limited in terms of travel due to the pandemic, but I was still able to make some pre-pandemic travel and take in modest fun activities outside the home.
On this Halloween, and as we are about to recall the lives of well-known saints and the souls of recently departed who shined with their “true selves,” let us pray for the ability to take off our spiritual masks, so that we can be the “true self” that God created us to be!
As the pandemic continues, we cannot escape hard questions about our ministry practices. We must strategically plan our responses in order to be effective.
In today’s first reading, the saga of the Job from the Old Testament comes to a close. Having endured great suffering and ridicule from his friends, he has encountered the living God face-to-face and finds God affirming him. Job dared to question God, but did so in faith. That faith – even in the midst of unimaginable sorrow – allowed him a glimpse of God’s bigger plan.
Summer of 2020 brought me the rare opportunity during this pandemic year to visit some wonderful and unique venues in the town of Ticonderoga, New York.