Shannon Law Group - May 2020

135 S. LaSalle St., Ste. 2200 Chicago, IL 60603

3550 Hobson Rd., Ste. 403 Woodridge, IL 60517

312-578-9501 | www.shannonlawgroup.com MAY 2020

LET US RESPOND WITH FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE

members, Sidney Bottino, and her family have worked feverishly to continuously gather food for their local food bank. One of our youngest team members inspires us and reminds us that 99% of charitable work is done locally. Our hearts go out to our clients first and foremost, who are suffering from this quarantine in so many ways: unemployment, not being able to seek the medical treatment they need, and, most of all, loneliness. This crisis has been and continues to be a very rough ride. Just ask any restaurant, bar, movie theater, or any small-business owner. Heck, how about the airlines? What about the 20% who are unemployed? (And that number will likely rise.) Everyone and every business have been affected. History teaches us that, as Americans, we will not cave in to the challenge before us. No, we will respond with resilience. Over 100 years ago, our country was fighting a war in Europe. Thirty percent of our country’s doctors were overseas. At this critical point in our history, the Spanish flu killed 50 million people worldwide, including 675,000 Americans. How did our country respond? We finished the mission overseas to win World War I. We rebuilt our country and our economy. How will we respond? Let us have hope in our future. Let us have faith in our families and one another. But most of all, let us love one another and serve one another in this time of need.

As I write this column, we are entering our 35th day of quarantine. It feels like these last 35 days have been 35 months. As a husband and father of six kids, we have had A LOT of closeness over the last month. To their chagrin, our college kids had to ditch their independence and come home to their childhood home. My grade schooler and high school sophomore are e-learning from our computer. Thankfully, we are blessed that our family MVP, Michelle, has been handling this situation with grace and class as usual. I confess that it has been nice to have eight of us around the dinner table to share the chaos in our world. For the first time in my lifetime, our churches have been closed. No Sunday masses, no daily masses, no Adoration Chapel, no in-person fellowship — and at Eastertime of all times. Ouch! At a time when we need our faith communities the most, the spread of the virus separates us. The television and internet coverage of the masses is a nice attempt, but in no way does it replace the real thing of a community of faith. St. Paul writes: “So faith, hope, love remain, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” I have faith and hope that we will all be able to come together in our faith communities soon. In the meantime, all of us have ample opportunities to serve one another, love another, and be charitable to one another. As an owner of a law firm, we were ready for this change. Before this virus hit, we had set up our team members with the tools to operate from home. Our team has adapted in an amazing way. I am overwhelmed by our team’s creativity, production, and charity during this time. One of our team

– Joseph Shannon

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