St John of the Cross said, in his ‘Sayings of Light and Love’, ‘When evening comes, you will be examined on love’.

He refers, of course, to the time of our death, the ‘evening’ of our life; but we may also say that every night is a ‘little death’ and, as we make our examination of conscience, we may examine ourselves on love – how have we loved?

This time of pandemic, in its many tragedies, gives us a full opportunity to grow in love – of God, and of our neighbour.

May we do this to the full, and may God bless you.