Dear Parishioners and FRIENDS.

The other day a nice grandmother told me: Father, do you know what hurts me the most during this self-isolation? Not being able to kiss my niece and nephew. They come to the house, but they have to stay at the window and wave at us. Yesterday my niece was crying at the window, because she wanted to embrace me. And I started crying with her as soon as they left from my window.
        Because grandma cannot embrace in her arms her niece, that does not mean that she love her less, than when they were able to embrace. Love actually increases when separated from the loved one. The physical touch is nice, but not necessary for love to grow. Love is mainly a spiritual value that grows in our heart.
     I love my family even though they are in another continent. I love my mother, even though she has passed away; I love my God even though I cannot embrace Him physically in my arms. That is why He told us to love God with all our heart and our neighbor.
    Love is a spiritual element of our life; actually, the most important in our life. Even between husband and wife, the physical relationship is very short, but love last all day; in fact the physical relationship receives its real value from the quality of love they share during the whole day. Marriage is 90% spiritual love; it can be shared with beautiful embraces and smiles, but all the physical touch receives its beauty from the spiritual love they share with one another. No marriage can survive without spiritual love.
     SO, WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY during this time of “isolation” to develop our spiritual love! It is true that we cannot touch or even be close to one another, but that does not diminish our love; actually, our isolation can help us increase our desire for a future embrace. In our life we keep increasing our desire for God and one day we will be able to embrace Him eternally in heaven.
Jesus gave only one commandment: Love one another as I have loved you. There is no greater love than the love of Jesus for you and for me; and this love is totally spiritual and increase our love for one another. Let us grow in love even when we cannot touch or hug each other. One day soon we will be able to embrace again.

About Fr. Walter

Father Walter Tonelotto was born in Italy in 1947 and entered the Scalabrini Seminary at an early age. At 20 he was sent by his superiors to study Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York and then to the Toronto School of Theology. He holds a Master in Divinity from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa and a Master in Moral Theology from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, New York City.