“Greetings From Cast Away Island”

Wow, it’s a beautiful day… perfect for Easter Week. We have 8 days of Easter Sundays to bask in the greatness of the Resurrection….  and then a total of 50 days for the Easter season.  “Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again”. 

We’re a few days into the Divine Mercy Novena praying for some wonderful intentions…. today for “those who don’t know Christ”. With the hubbub of this world, we can minimize or even forget that the Lord is in charge and that he hears our prayers…big and small. These aren’t “throwaway prayers” that we pray and have little hope of ever seeing answered…these are prayers that almighty God listens to and answers in his perfect way. Let’s not be timid in our prayers for our family, the church, our country, even the world.


Well, as I mentioned in a previous BLOG, I tested positive for the Covid virus. I’m feeling well, but have been living in isolation. (Judy tested negative, but is quarantined with me.) I know the isolation may be affecting me, because I referred to Judy the other day as “Wilson”. (ref. Castaway movie with Tom Hanks) As Hanks was essentially losing his grip on reality, he began talking to a volleyball… a Wilson volleyball. 

Let me say, I’m actually doing pretty good. I have my routine. Get up, make my bed, freshen up. “Wilson”  brings up my breakfast and puts it outside my door. Next comes prayer, rosary, chaplet, texts and phone calls. I have watched a few episodes of “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” who takes various celebrities on a crazy adventure …mountain climbing, parachuting, eating snakes, etc. I just saw one with the football player Drew Brees where they both shared about their Christian faith… very good. 

Easter was different because of the isolation, but God is with us. We watched the vigil mass on our computer and a kind priest friend brought us the Eucharist. Our kids made a delicious meal for us…. and everyone is bringing me candy and goodies. Wow, my Easter basket is overflowing. They’ll need a crane to get me out of my room by the time all this is over. I think it’s a combination of the kids feeling sorry for me and years of me hinting about my Easter basket….hmmmm.

I have nothing to complain about… my symptoms are minimal and I’m very well cared for. So many others are really suffering from various sicknesses. I need to be grateful for my many blessings. God has always been so good to me. 

So, that’s the latest report from “Cast Away” Island. As we celebrate the resurrection during this great season, remember that Jesus is Lord of all the earth. Let’s keep our eyes on him and our hope firmly in him. And all will be well with our souls.


“Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.” (St Faustina)

One thought on ““Greetings From Cast Away Island”

  1. Easter music is so uplifting! The teachings on mercy everyday at 5:30pm on EWTN have been wonderful! Fr Chris Alar from Divine Mercy Shrine is anointed for this🙌🏻


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