During this virus time, I was reminded of a book entitled Mister God, This Is Anna by Fynn. In this story Anna, a precocious orphan from England, teaches Fynn, her adult caretaker, about who God really is. One evening when Anna and Fynn were talking about the light and darkness of a day, Anna told Fynn why she liked the darkness. “Your soul don’t go very far in the daylight ’cos it stops where you can see…The nighttime is better. It stretches your soul right out to the stars. And that…is a very long way.” (p. 145-146)
Perhaps the darkness of this virus time is stretching each of us to lift our eyes to the stars; to seek who and what is really important in our life. Although we as a parish have come a long way in living a deeper meaning of stewardship, God has challenged us to walk a step further on our journey. May our difficult and scary moments help us catch a glimpse of the stars we can only see in the darkness of night. Listen to God saying, “You have come to find meaning in ordinary ways of giving your time, talent, and treasure. Now use this corona darkness to discover the bright time, talent, and treasure stars you have never seen before.”
Sister Bernadine Janci, S.N.D.