GROVELY-based Deacon Peter McDade often told the couples who came to him for marriage preparation that there were three parts to a person’s persona that needed to stay in balance to live joyfully – the physical, the psychological and the spiritual.
He said the first two were readily accepted by most people, but the third was often “dismissed and not looked after”.
“The Christian Gospel and, the Catholic Church has so much to offer to assist spiritually, particularly in times of trial that without it, we tend to become a bit unbalanced in our overall life persona,” he said.
And in a time of trial, as families were forced to stay at home and unemployment numbers soared under coronavirus restrictions, Deacon McDade was opening up one of the Church’s greatest tools – proclaiming the Word.
People had been contacting him and telling him of their “grief” being unable to go to Mass because of a deadly and invisible microorganism.
He said people had messaged him and said they were “really struggling”, speaking to a spiritual hunger in the community.
“I miss it, too, there’s no question,” Deacon McDade said.
One person had suggested to him to put his homilies online and his daughter, The Catholic Leader’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year Donna Power, set up a Facebook page for him to do so.
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