While Catholics across the Republic of Ireland are right to have a feeling of deep satisfaction over the resumption of public ceremonies, Covid complacency remains the enemy, the Bishop of Limerick has warned.
Bishop Brendan Leahy urged the faithful not to allow such complacency to undo all of the good work of the past few months.
Congregations returned to churches across the Republic earlier this week for the first time since 26th December 2020.
Describing the resumption as “deeply satisfying in so many ways”, Bishop Leahy said: “It’s just great to feel we can be gathered as one, albeit with number limited, seeing each other, listening together to God’s Word, expressing ourselves as a community and taking part in the Mass that contains the great gift of the Eucharist.”
Acknowledging that “not everyone will understand the significance of it”, he said it is very positive for many people of faith in terms of their spiritual health and personal wellbeing.
While expressing confidence that public celebrations will be appropriately and carefully handled, Bishop Leahy warned people not to drop their guard.
“Confidence crumbles and is worthless under complacency so we must at no stage let up,” he said. “Covid complacency is the enemy and we must redouble our efforts, not least we have come so far already.”
Picture: A celebration of Mass in the cathedral of St Patrick and St Felim in Cavan town. (John Mc Elroy).