Rev. Jeanne’s Reflections – April 2, 2020

Jeanne LloydIt is odd how synchronicities happen.  You never know how seemingly random events will intersect unexpectedly.

Last summer I ended up working during my vacation time so that we could bring Amy Buckley in as our new Director of Faith Formation by August 1st.   At the same time, we also hired Perry Montrose to act as a mentor to Amy as she assumed her new duties.  Well worth the effort don’t you think?

Thus, my husband and I rescheduled our vacation to this week when we would visit Ireland with our son and daughter-in-law.  Of course, it was cancelled.  Nonetheless, I do have a timely gift from Ireland to share with you.  It is the following poem written by Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM.  He is a Capuchin Franciscan Brother living in Ireland.  Their Order tries to follow the original teachings and lifestyle of St. Francis, but frankly it’s had its rough moments.  In the 1500s, one of its founders was forced into exile when, it is said, he embraced Unitarianism!

There are more synchronicities this week:  This coming Sunday, our service was going to be about Passover.  But, I am sick this week with a condition that requires rest but is not serious.  Coincidentally, our Faith Formation Mentor, Perry Montrose, invited us to attend the All Souls UU New London online service on Sunday (details of how to sign in will be sent to you separately).  Like many of you, Perry has a Jewish background and also knows some of you from when he was the DRE in Westport, CT!  He will be leading the service along with Ann Kadlecek at All Souls this week.  Ann Kadlecek, was our Interim Faith Formation Director last year, and now is the ministerial intern at All Souls.  Joining them will be Amy, and hopefully Nick (details are being worked out as I write).

The synchronicities of an Irish trip and an Irish quote, a Catholic Order and Unitarianism, shared and overlapping staff, and hints of Judaism seem worth noting.  One might almost think that there is a Spirit of Life and Love beyond us!

Be safe, be well.

With love,



Rev. Jeanne

“Lockdown” by Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,


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