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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, March 31, 2020

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.

Full disclosure: Staying at home is easy for me. My office is at home. I don’t have in-person meetings. I’m a relative loner, and don’t socialize a great deal outside my own family. I don’t depend on a club, or a gym, or even a bar for my relaxation. I will confess that my desire for a good supply of liquor has risen, but only very slightly and mostly in the form of joking with my wife. Anyway, such indulgence is foreign to Lent.

If I were younger and still had children at home who would normally be at school, the adjustment would be very different. In some ways, that can be good for families, but it will naturally have its own stresses when there is so little variation of activities and companions. Most people will get cabin fever a great deal faster than I will. Moreover, in cases in which parents must still go out to work while children cannot go to school, this obviously creates other problems. ….

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