Mail you can touch
Remember receiving a letter or card in the mail? Those once common practices may have all but vanished, but this is a great time to resurrect letter writing. All it takes is a piece of paper, an envelope, a pen and a stamp.
Email may not be the newest way to communicate, but it does the job. It is easy to send an email and hear back almost instantly.
A phone call between people is a simple way to keep in touch. A call to a friend or a loved one can provide peace of mind as well as time to catch up and perhaps share a laugh or two. For those who have a smartphone, there is also the opportunity to video chat or text.
Social Media is a great way to stay connected. The following US SNDdeN Social Media will regularly update and post on the social media sites:
Facebook features stories and photos of our sisters, associates, colleagues, friends as well as relevant stories from around the US.
Instagram emphasizes spiritual images and reflections that can bring calm and offer inspiration.
Twitter features current events and news. We will post new updates and information on a regular basis.
You can also reach the US Social Media sites by going to www.snddenusa.org and clicking on the icons on the top right-hand corner of the home/landing page.
Virtual Gatherings/ Meetings
Working or meeting virtually by Zoom is not new. It is also possible to plan and schedule gatherings for social connection purposes. There are also free individual accounts for personal use that allow for time limited conversations. More information can be found at Zoom.us.com
One way to meet in prayer is to tell a friend about televised Mass at a certain time and suggest that each of you join in that Mass in real time. Another idea is inviting your loved ones to identify a specific prayer that you will each pray every day, keeping each other in your hearts as you pray.
The abrupt and radical change to our daily lives which we are currently experiencing and the unknown date for getting back to a more familiar way of life is difficult.
This current reality illustrates that we need and enjoy social interaction and fills us with gratitude for the people in our lives. As we pray for and anticipate the day when we can easily meet and greet others, let us remind ourselves that we are always connected in spirit and in our hearts.
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