Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,
Today begins our Easter Triduum. This year things are different. Many of us are experiencing our beautiful Holy Day Liturgies through virtual platforms and television. Our residents watched Holy Thursday Mass on EWTN. I was blessed to be able to FaceTime into our monastic community’s celebration of Holy Thursday. It was different, but it was blessed.
As I was reflecting on Jesus’ example to us of how to love and serve, symbolized through the washing of his disciple’s feet, I began to reflect on the many ways that we have been washing one another’s feet during this time of quarantine. Each of you have washed your loved one’s feet through window visits, virtual chats, cards, care packages and phone calls. You have washed our staff’s feet through your thank you notes, desserts, pizzas delivered and most importantly through entrusting the care of your loved to us. Your loves ones are washing your feet in the ways that they have embraced this quarantine with strength, resilience and love. They have washed your feet in their openness to trying to connect with you through electronic video chatting, that many them hadn’t even tried before this last month. They are washing your feet in the loving care that they are taking in creating beautiful Easter Eggs to hang in their windows to remind you that we are all on this journey together. My feet have been washed repeatedly through your kind words and the way many of you have expressed concern over my late nights. You have also washed my feet through the way that each of you have contributed to my quarantine ideas of spreading joy through notes, masks and contributions to our Easter flowers. We are a blessed community. I am grateful for each of you who are an important part of our community. As we enter these Holy Days, may we continue to give thanks to God for the opportunities we are given each day to love and serve those around us. Know of my prayers and love.
With a Grateful Heart,
Sr. Heather Jean