In a new podcast, Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., once again urged the faithful to make the most of their "stay at home" time and use modern technology to stay in touch with their communities and deepen their faith.

“I hope you’re not going stir crazy confined at home ... cabin fever can get the best of us,” Bishop O’Connell said in the March 28 podcast.

“Thank God I am able to keep contact with my pastors and priests and our beloved faithful through The Monitor, our diocesan website, Peces and social media. … I can’t imagine what it would be like without technology! Do you remember those times? It’s stressful enough with technology ... without it, we’d be lost,” he said.

He also discussed the Lenten season and how this year’s sacrifices are so very present.

“This Lent, we are giving up so much … including coming  together for Mass, Holy Communion and sacraments,” the Bishop said. “I think of the serenity prayer used at AA: God  give me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change, COURAGE to change the things I can and WISDOM to know the difference.”

Bishop O’Connell encouraged the faithful to focus on the aspects in one’s life that are still controllable, such as one’s disposition, patience, charity, prayer life and wisdom.

Wisdom, he said, “is being smart enough to cooperate with things we’ve been asked – to stay home except for essential needs, avoid crowds, practice social distance, etc.  I’d add one big essential: hold on to God, to your faith, to your Church and Diocese, to your parish.”  

“This will pass, and things will get back to normal,” the Bishop added. “Dr. [Anthony] Fauci said it well, ‘WE DONT DETERMINE THE TIMELINE, THE VIRUS WILL.’ So let’s continue doing our part, all of us.”