After the recent construction in the courtyard at Sacred Heart Convent Sister Samuella Volk, OP, took it upon herself to fill in some of the areas with gravel and grass to help make the steep drop-offs near the new sidewalks less dangerous. Sister Samuella is a regular gardener of the grounds and maintains a lot of the flower beds around the building.
“We are all doing what we can in this time of crisis,” Sister Samuella said. “It’s going to be here awhile.”
She cautioned against the temptation to try to return to "normal" too soon. While we all miss bonding with friends and family in a social setting, it's important to take every precaution.
Here's her straightforward advice: “Keep your distance and wear your mask.”
It is important to keep connected with the people you love. Sister Samuella said the best way to do that now might be a phone call. “I’m looking forward to seeing my sister face-to-face after months. We talk. We keep up on the news. It’s no big hardship to be apart, but when you think of people dying and their relatives dying, that is suffering.” Check-ins with family and friends needs to be a regular activity in your day.
Connecting with nature will help your attitude, too, along with a little exercise, like gardening. These activities give you a different perspective while you practice self-care. Time in the garden allows moments to be with God through prayer. Being down-to-earth, literally in the dirt, can make the most ordinary of tasks special when you are part of the Earth community.