(Harbert, Michigan) I practiced safe distancing Sunday by driving alone to the Monastery of the Holy Cross at 31st and Aberdeen in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood.  And, yes, we all wore masks at the monastery and sat at least six feet apart.  Mass was marvelous, although a bit muted by the masks, and the Prior, Father Peter Funk, OSB, gave the Oblates a wonderful meditation on the value of praising God during times of difficulty.  As Psalm 150 suggests: “O praise him with resounding cymbals, praise him with clashing of cymbals. Let everything that lives and breathes give praise to the Lord.”  I certainly kept my focus on God both going to the monastery and coming home. And I went out of my way to go out of my way but not taking I-94 all the way.  Rather, I added the Indiana Tollroad, U.S. Hwy. 12, U.S. Hwy. 41  (Lakeshore Drive in Chicago), and 31st Street to the mix. And that mix made me merry, despite the present difficulties. And, yes, mask on face, I took a reflective walk around Bridgeport after our gathering.  I bought take-out at Zaytune Mediterranean Grill and enjoyed a picnic in a shady park and then retraced my steps back to Harbert where my lovely wife Natalie was waiting to greet me with a kiss of peace.  Safe distance peace to you as well, sisters and brothers!

Destination ahead.

About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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