How often I have heard, and reflected on the words, “Be still, and know that I am God,” (Psalm 46:10), yet in the enforced quiet of our world today due to the spreading Coronavirus, I find myself restless. What an irony!

I have made many silent retreats at Manresa, in Pickering, to escape from the busy routines of everyday living. At the of a weekend retreat I emerge refreshed and ready to tackle life again. But everything seems strange now.

The silence is eerie without the sounds of cars rushing by, people mingling in restaurants, malls buzzing with shoppers, and the usual chatter of a people rejoicing in each other’s company.

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