The Irish Government were quite right to reject the bishops request to reopen churches for Mass.
Of course, for us Catholic Christians Mass and the sacraments are very important sources of God’s grace.
But God is not limited to the sacraments in providing his grace.
In fact Jesus not only told us that where two or three gathered he would be with them but went on to tell us that the best way to pray was to lock ourselves into our room and pray to our Father who is in that secret place.
Everything has changed with this awful pandemic and for now our spiritual lives have to change as well.
The home should ideally the cradle of the faith – although we realise that was probably never true.
The faith has been passed on mainly by the schools.
But perhaps now is a time to bring the faith back home – by the reading of the Bible, prayers like the Risary etc.
Many people also suspect that the bishops and priests want the people back because they are missing the money?
Many people may not return to church again?
Gatherings of people cause Covid to spread.
Church services are gathering of people.
The government must protect lives and health.
And these days the “purple parliament” of Maynooth have no power – thank God 😃
ABBOT PURCELL CASE STILL NOT RESOLVED.