Having Had the Experience, What is the Lesson?

Not infrequently, when Fr. Donald Reilly was young, after he’d done something he shouldn’t have done and was reprimanded for it, his father would ask him: “So, what did you learn?” If ever there was a time in our lives when a protracted experience altered our personal and communal lives, it is now. What is the spiritual sliver of a “silver lining” being served up to us as individuals and people in community as a result of this hidden and illusive COVID-19? What seedlings of new growth do we notice needing our attention and nurturing? What inner voices in us are asking to be heard? What is this quietude birthing in us?

Rev. Donald F. Reilly, OSA (Order of Saint Augustine), currently serves as Head of School at Malvern Preparatory School and was previously President of St. Augustine Preparatory School, where he led transformations in all areas of the school from academic to athletic life as well as increasing student and faculty diversity. Before that, as the Prior Provincial of the Saint Thomas of Villanova Province, he oversaw the ministries of 220 Augustinian Friars. Among his many projects, he is a co-founder of Siloam Ministries in Philadelphia, a provider of mind/body/soul support to those living with HIV/AIDS.