President’s Greetings to RTAI members

A Dhaoine Uaisle,
COVID-19 has changed our world in ways we could never have imagined. This pandemic is
a fast spreading health crisis with no certain end in sight forcing entire societies to shut down.
We should not be disheartened. CARE and CONNECT by phoning a friend and
supporting each other. We will get through this crisis. Is treise muid le chéile.

Perhaps this piece I would like to share with you by Fr. Richard Hendrick OFM will
bring you comfort.
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 just after a few weeks of quiet the sky is no longer thick with fumes –
but blue and grey
They say in the streets of Assisi people are singing to each other across empty
squares, keeping their windows open so that those who are alone may hear the sounds
of family around them
They say that hotels and businesses in Ireland are offering free meals and delivery to
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
So we pray and 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/spirit
Yes there is even death
But there can always be rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how you live now
Today, breathe
Listen, beyond 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/spirit.
And though you may not be able to touch across the empty square
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Go gcoinneoidh Dia i mboise a láimhe sibh go léir. Beannachtaí Dé is Muire libh,
A chóiche is go brách.
Mary Kyne
RTAI President