Bishop John Barres: 'Summer of hell' is opportunity to pray, reflect – New York News

Long Island’s Catholic bishop is calling on God to help commuters survive the “summer of hell” on the Long Island Rail Road.


Bishop John Barres of the Diocese of Rockville Centre has started a daily one-minute video blog of spiritual messages aimed at making delays on the LIRR and local highways not just more bearable but even fruitful.

His advice: Use the time to pray and reflect.

“Isn’t it a great opportunity if we’re in Penn Station, we know we have some time to wait because of this delay, well we have our sacred scriptures,” Barres said in a video introducing the series “A Catholic Spirituality of Commuter Delays.”

He added that “Pope Francis tells us to pick up our scriptures as much as we pick up our iPhones. Isn’t that Pope Francis to a T?”

Barres started the daily blog July 3, a week before the July 10 start of what was billed as the “summer of hell” because of repairs at Penn Station. Whether it’s due to divine intervention or not, so far the anticipated nightmare in delays has not materialized.

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