“Guard my common good: Do what’s right and do it in the right way.” (IS: 56:1)
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31).
We are writing with an update related to the ongoing reality of the coronavirus pandemic.
We understand that the continuing situation with COVID-19 is creating frustration and anger for some, and anxiety and worry for others. We miss each other, we miss our families and friends, and we worry about the impact of this pandemic for so many. In this current environment, both personal and collective decision-making has become more difficult as we hold the tension between protecting personal freedom and serving the good of the whole. Even simple tasks, such as shopping, are not simple, if done responsibly. Our faith teaches us that “in everything, do unto others what you would have them do to you.” We care … and because we care, we know that we need to give up some of our personal choice for the sake of others.
We know that the state of Illinois moved into phase 4 of the “restore Illinois” plan. This is thrilling news for many businesses and we are happy that Illinois has reached this phase at this time, but this pandemic isn’t over, and we see evidence of this daily. Because of the continued growth of the pandemic and as a continued expression of our love and care for one another, Our Lady of the Angels Motherhouse, Province Administration, Chapel, and Tau Center will remain closed to the public until the state of Illinois enters Phase 5.
We know that we are part of a larger community and want to do our part to reduce opportunities for the virus to spread, not only to protect our campus, but to protect those we serve. We choose to take our call to be a blessing in the heart of the world seriously. We honor this call globally and locally when we seek ways to help mitigate the impact of the virus by reducing exposure.
Please know that we are continuously looking for ways to engage with you and to support your spiritual journey. We miss you and look forward to the day we can be together again. Reach out to us through our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Social Media. Know that you are always on our minds and in our hearts.
We understand that there are many inconveniences, challenges, and frustrations in times like these. We are grateful for your support and understanding as we continue to make decisions to protect and support one another. Please continue to hold us in prayer as we continue to hold you in prayer. Together in spirit (although not physically) may we continue to be a Blessing in the Heart of the World.