" A preaching in the church of Bocca della verita, Rome" by Louis AdanAn Appeal to Pastors During the COVID-19 Pandemic, by T.M. Moore The Society June 28, 2020 Beauty, Coronavirus, Culture, Deconstructing Communism, Poetry 8 Comments Back to Normal An Appeal to Pastors I hear it in my conversations and in webinars and on the web: “How long before we’re back to normal? We can’t stand much more of this. It seems so very wrong, not being able to assemble or to worship freely. How much longer till we get back to the way things were before?” As if “before” were squarely in God’s will. We’re learning nothing. That we have the best intentions I’ve no doubt. And that we care, and want to be good shepherds, I am sure as well. But “normal’s” what we need a cure for! Normal isn’t what we need, but prayer and re-assessment, lest we fail this test. T.M. and Susie Moore make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. He is Principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, and the author of 8 books of poetry. He and Susie have collaborated on more than 30 books, which may be found, together with their many other writings and resources, including the daily teaching letter Scriptorium, at www.ailbe.org. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. 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This quarantine gives us the opportunity to evaluate everything we’ve been doing; but I don’t see that happening. Reply Terri June 29, 2020 I truly believe that God is shaking the long dead branches off the tree of His Church. That vibrant, new growth from His True Worshipers will emerge, in the form of house churches, hungry, faith filled believers. As was in the early days of Christianity in the book of Acts. Thank you for publishing this poem, God’s eyes are searching to and fro to see if there are anyone faithfully seeking Him. Here I am Lord. C.B. Anderson June 28, 2020 We can still worship and assemble freely, but just don’t let the “authorities” know about it. If rioters are allowed to riot, and looters allowed to loot, then it’s not a far cry for those who want to worship to worship — together, if they so wish! Reply Joseph S. Salemi June 29, 2020 Rioters, looters, and Antifa thugs are a precious aristocracy with special privileges, while anyone wanting to go to church for services is an obvious antisocial criminal. Just ask Andrew Cuomo, the mayor of Seattle, the governor of Wisconsin, and the scum who run Minneapolis. Gutless and soft-hearted ministers, please don’t bother to reply. Reply Joe Tessitore June 28, 2020 That sounds like something we can never really know, the impact we’re having for Jesus. Reply Margaret Coats June 29, 2020 Thanks, Mr. Moore for making this message public. I happy to say that my pastors, from the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, have been very strong on the epidemic as a purification sent by God, both by livestreaming during the lockdown, and now that more gathering for Mass is taking place. Keep up the good work for Our Lord. Reply Anna J. Arredondo July 1, 2020 T.M., “As if ‘before’ were squarely in God’s will…” “But “normal’s” what we need a cure for! Normal isn’t what we need, but prayer and re-assessment, lest we fail this test.” I recently had a conversation along these lines with my husband. A hearty “Amen!” to your poem! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.