Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:
Lori King, Professor of Theology, is a U.S. citizen living in Assisi, Italy. She’s been confined to her home home since Sunday, March 8, at 9 pm.
We connected recently via phone.
“Even before the lockdown, Mass had been suspended. I’d gone to 6 pm Mass at the Cathedral of San Rufino, my home parish. When I came home, a letter inside the door from the Bishop announced that all Masses and public liturgical functions were being suspended until April 3.
“I felt as if the wind had literally been knocked out of me. I thought, This can’t be happening.”
But by the next day she’d settled into a different rhythm. The lack of social opportunities and work obligations freed her to devote herself fully in prayer to the crisis at hand.
“I’m very privileged to be here during this. I’ve always said that in any kind of major world crisis, I’d want to be in Assisi. And here I am.”