God's peace and calm be with each of you as you continue to maneuver through the daily happenings around us.  We continue to be aware that we are still in the midst of social distancing, hand washing and face masks.  This has impacted our lives.
 
Added to that, the tragedy of our brothers and sisters of color and our continued role in perpetuating unfair systems has once again surfaced.  This has to impact our lives.  
 
When will all this end and what will the world look like at that time?  Hopefully, we will be more loving.  St. Paul reminds us that God is Love.  What exactly does that mean?  How do you describe God?  How do you explain love?  What is happening to us, as individuals and the world?
 
We at IL Ritiro have followed Archdiocesan, CDC and Jefferson County mandates regarding Covid-19.  Sr. Marlene, a groundskeeper and myself have continued to pray, sacrifice, clean, mow, repair, weed eat, check on houses throughout all of it.  We are preparing for the time we will be seeing you again.  All of you, known and unknown, have been at the heart of why we do what we do.  We do it for the love of a God who has gifted us with a creation brimming with newness each day.
 
The blessings of IL Ritiro have not gone away.  How we encounter those blessings will definitely be different but the God of overflowing goodness, love and mercy is here, alive and well.  May you come to realize your goodness, show your mercy and act out of love daily.  May God grant us the courage to do the hard "stuff."  May God fill us with peace.  May God be merciful to us, sinners.  May WE be open to all God's overflowing goodness and blessing.  Prayerfully,   S. Pierre  
                                                                                                                                        
 
 God is good all the time.  Come experience that Goodness at IL Ritiro.