The coronavirus has not only changed our lifestyles, it’s changed our vocabulary. The names for the disease — Coronavirus or COVID-19 — are new, of course, since it’s never existed before. But one new term that has now become very common is “social distancing”.
At first, it meant staying one metre apart, but as the number of infections rose, it increased to two metres. The idea is to stay far enough from another person so that the infection cannot be passed on through the air or through touch. This new (and necessary) discipline got me thinking about another idea – spiritual distancing.
This new term (that I just invented) means keeping our distance from God. Many people are quite good at it and have practised it for some time. We are not surprised when people who describe…