Monday, March 30, 2020
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CSJ Lenten Journey - Week Five: A New World


Easter is around the corner. Without a doubt, this year’s celebration of Jesus resurrection will look and feel different. Social distancing will disrupt annual traditions and family reunions.

Children will not play with their friends. Church masses are suspended, depriving Catholics of sharing the joy of Jesus’ rebirth. While the reality is hard to endure, we have also an opportunity to reimagine our shared future in harmony with all of Creation.

As Jesus is rising again, now is the time to give new life to our hopes for an inclusive and just society. Around the world we are witnessing social policy initiatives: Now Toronto has argued for a basic universal income; some American cities have made public transit free; Spain and Ireland have turned private hospitals into public health care facilities and Ontario has removed barriers to health care

With the slowing of the economy and decline in tourism, Mother Earth is breathing much easier. Canals in Venice are running with clear water; air pollution is plummeting over China and Italy.

A new world is possible; we just need to demand it. As we take measures to keep ourselves and everyone else safe through social and physical distancing, let us also take this Easter to rethink our approach to live and steer our collective future to a new existence.

Tips for celebrating Easter while practicing social distancing:

  • Technology provides possibilities to connect in a safe way. Talk and eat with your loved ones via Skype, Zoom and other online platforms.
  • Drop off a box of food and other supplies at your local church, food bank or community organization.
  • Celebrate mass online. Contact your local church to ask what they are planning.
  • Participate in an online egg hunt as described in The Castlegar Source.

Previous Weeks

Please see the previous weeks of our CSJ Lenten Journey by clicking here.


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