Lessons Learned During the Pandemic, 21: To Live with Calmness and to Engage in Respectful and Active Listening

by | Nov 18, 2020 | Formation, Reflections

Each week a member of the Vincentian Family will share a part of his/her experience during recent months. From the depths of their heart these writers will present a message of hope because we are convinced that there are positive lessons to be learned from this pandemic.

This health crisis has tested me emotionally and I have discovered that  placing my trust in God is a WONDERFUL OPTION …  one that is worthwhile.

In Him and through Him I have felt “encompassed” and in a certain way “out of danger.”

Despite the strength that comes from faith, I have not been able to avoid a feelings of isolation, a certain fear, and even sadness

But, above all, I have taken refuge in meditative reflection and in serene listening. I have found more time for God, for prayer

The Lord has inspired me to provide greater support to my family and to collaborate with them … we now have more time to engage in family prayer.

Neighbors, friends, families (my own family as well as the families of those with whom I work), have been a great support and through various technological means, we have maintained communication (the celebration of the Eucharist, talks, virtual meetings, workshops, formation and information).

I have found more time to listen and encourage other people through video calls, offering ideas to vulnerable parishioners that have helped them deal with COVID-19 to vulnerable families of parish Caritas from the parishes of La Paz and Santa Teresa. I have also been able to make some financial contributions to a fund that has been established to help people move through these difficult days.

I have learned humility; I have shared empathy and comfort with people in need: they are great steps in the face of adversity.

I have learned to live with greater calmness and have learned to engage in respectful and active listening.   In fragility, God listens and makes himself heard.

María Ángeles Ramírez


Pin It on Pinterest

Share This