Fr. Justin Claravall, SJ, associate pastor at Dolores Mission Church in Los Angeles, recently celebrated the first anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. The milestone led him to reflect on what it has meant to live out his vocation during this time of pandemic—and how God is inviting him to pray with the present moment. The brief reflection and video retreats are the fruits of that prayer.
Alone on Christmas Eve, I silently ate my dinner off a Styrofoam plate with disposable plastic silverware.
There’s an adage among Jesuits being formed for priesthood that says, “Doing ministry prior to ordination is like doing ministry with your hands tied behind your back.”
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Three gifts that I have discovered during this coronavirus — gifts that are available to all of us — are gratitude, hope and compassion. Each of these is both a gift and a spiritual practice that can help us navigate the storm of this pandemic.