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May 29, 2020
“May God, the Father of lights, who was pleased to enlighten the disciples’ minds by the outpouring of the Spirit, the Paraclete, grant you gladness by his blessing and make you always abound with the gifts of the same Spirit. Amen. May the wondrous flame that appeared above the disciples, powerfully cleanse your hearts from every evil and pervade them with its purifying light. Amen. And may God, who has been pleased to unite many tongues in the profession of one faith, give you perseverance in that same faith and, by believing, may you journey from hope to clear vision. Amen. And may the blessing of almighty God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, come down on you and remain with you forever. Amen.
May 28, 2020
In preparation for Pentecost this coming Sunday, we are invited to pray the Pentecost Sequence: “Come, Holy Spirit, come! And from your celestial home shed a ray of light divine! Come, Father of the poor! Come, source of all our store! Come, within our bosoms shine. You, of comforters the best; You, the soul’s most welcome guest; Sweet refreshment here below. In our labor, rest most sweet; Grateful coolness in the heat; Solace in the midst of woe. O most blessed Light divine, Shine within these hearts of yours, and our inmost being fill! Where you are not, we have naught, Nothing good in deed or thought, Nothing free from taint of ill. Heal our wounds, our strength renew; On our dryness pour your dew; Wash the stains of guilt away. Bend the stubborn heart and will; Melt the frozen, warm the chill; Guide the steps that go astray. On the faithful, who adore and confess you, evermore in your sevenfold gift descend; Give them virtue’s sure reward; Give them your salvation, Lord; Give them joys that never end. Amen. Alleluia.”
May 27, 2020
“I have one life and one chance to make it count for something…My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.” — Jimmy Carter
May 26, 2020
Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily.
To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully.
To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely.
To meet others, peacefully, joyously.
To face tomorrow, confidently, courageously. Amen.” — St. Francis of Assisi
May 22, 2020
“It would be a mistake to interpret the Ascension as ‘the temporary absence of Christ from the world.’ Rather, ‘we go to heaven to the extent that we go to Jesus Christ and enter into him.’ Heaven is a person: ‘Jesus himself is what we call ‘heaven’.” — Benedict XVI in Magnificat vol 22, no. 3, pp. 318-319.
May 21, 2020
“It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God. For the Lord Jesus, the King of glory, conqueror of sin and death, ascended today to the highest heavens, as the Angels gazed in wonder. Mediator between God and man, judge of the world and Lord of hosts, he ascended, not to distance himself from our lowly state but that we, his members, might be confident of following where he, our Head and Founder, has gone before. Therefore, overcome with paschal joy, every land, every people exults in your praise and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts, sing together the unending hymn of your glory, as they acclaim: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.” — Preface 1 of the Ascension of the Lord
May 20, 2020
In preparation for the Ascension of the Lord, celebrated tomorrow on Ascension Thursday (or Sunday) we meditate on these words: “The Ascension of Jesus into heaven acquaints us with this deeply consoling reality on our journey: in Christ, true God and true man, our humanity was taken to God. Christ opened the path to us. He is like a roped guide climbing a mountain who, on reaching the summit, pulls us up to him and leads us to God. If we entrust our life to him, if we let ourselves be guided by him, we are certain to be in safe hands, in the hands of our Savior. Let us not be afraid to turn to him to ask forgiveness, to ask for a blessing, to ask for mercy! He always pardons us. He is our Advocate: he always defends us. – Pope Francis in his General Audience Catechesis on the Creed, April 17, 2013.
May 19, 2020
“Omnia Christus est nobis! [Christ is everything for us!] If you have a wound to heal, he is the doctor; if you are parched by fever, he is the spring; if you are oppressed by injustice, he is justice; if you are in need of help, he is strength; if you fear death, he is life; if you desire heaven, he is the way; if you are in the darkness, he is light. … Taste and see how good is the Lord: blessed is the person who hopes in him!” — Ambrose of Milan, On Virginity, 16,99.
May 18, 2020
Prayer to Mary of Nazareth,
Mother of the Sacred Heart
O Most Holy,
gentle Mother of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Blessed Virgin Mary of Nazareth,
and our heavenly Queen,
We come to you
with our hearts in our hands,
for you know well
our hopes and dreams,
our desires and needs.
We humbly ask you to intercede on our behalf,
with your beloved Son at your side,
the King of kings and the Prince of Peace.
May we be His presence in the world,
May we be the peace He brings,
May we be conformed to His Sacred Heart,
May we be His human goodness and kindness
so that all who meet us will meet Him
and come to know, love, and serve Him as you do.
Grant also we pray, dear Mother,
to grow in our knowledge and love of you,
for where you are there is Jesus your Son.
We ask this moved by the same Jesus Christ,
Lord and Savior of the world
who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Printed with ecclesiastical approval
“The image of the Madonna of the Shading Veil’ is a powerful image of Mary’s role as protector.” (Fr. Patrick Magnor, SHSST class of 2020)
May 15, 2020
“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement, [to] get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” — Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
May 14, 2020
“Albert Einstein made a beautiful comment making it clear he knew that even in his solitude he was part of a movement of life. He said, “Although I am a typical loner in my daily life, my awareness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has prevented me from feelings of isolation.” We may still be in lock down mode during the time of this pandemic, but our spirit is being fed and revitalized by our quietude. Our soul is becoming stronger. The power of life and resurrection is coursing in our veins as we ready ourselves to burst forth from our tomb and be the instruments of resurrection on this Earth.” — William Groves
May 13, 2020
May 12, 2020
“When this is over, may we never again take for granted:
A handshake with a stranger, Full shelves at the store,
Conversations with neighbors,
A crowded theatre, Friday night out,
The taste of communion, A routine checkup,
The school rush each morning, Coffee with a friend,
The stadium roaring, Each deep breath,
A boring Tuesday, Life itself.
When this ends may we find
That we have become more like the people we wanted to be, we were called to be, we hoped to be.
And may we stay that way — better for each other
Because of the worst.” — Laura Kelly Fanucci
May 11, 2020
“And people stayed at home
And read books
And they rested
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
Someone meditated, someone prayed
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who
Lived in ignorant ways
Dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Just as they were healed.”
[Poem said to be written in 1869, reprinted during the 1918 Flu Pandemic]
May 08, 2020
“’O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory?’ wrote St. John Chrysostom in a fourth-century sermon. On Easter we sing, ‘Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.’ It is not a children’s song. But grown-ups are taller, and can see farther, and know what hard blows life can bring. Easter may seem boring to children, and it is blessedly unencumbered by the silly fun that plagues Christmas. Yet it contains the one thing needful for every human life: the good news of Resurrection. Easter didn’t change anything? Easter changes everything.” –Frederica Mathewes-Green in Bread and Wine (Orbis 2003), pp. 269-270
May 07, 2020
“Easter tells us of something children can’t understand, because it addresses things they don’t yet have to know: the weariness of life, the pain, the profound loneliness and hovering fear of meaninglessness. Yet in the midst of this desolation we find Jesus, triumphant over death and still shockingly alive, present to us in ways we cannot understand, much less explain. In him we find vibrancy of life, and a firm compassion that does not deny our suffering but transforms and illuminates it. He is life itself. As life incarnate, he could not be held back by death.” — Frederica Mathewes-Green in Bread and Wine (Orbis 2003), p. 269.
May 06, 2020
“At times in life we distance ourselves from the Lord and lose the freshness of the first call. Let us ask for the grace to always go back to that first encounter, in which He looked at us, spoke to us, and placed in us the desire to follow Him.” — Pope Francis
May 05, 2020
“The Risen Christ is with us this day and he continues to need each one of you.” — Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Archbishop of Chicago (1982-1996)
May 04, 2020
“Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is… Life is good when you are happy; but much better when others are happy because of you.” — Pope Francis
May 01, 2020
Sunday is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, particularly those called to priesthood and religious life – it is Good Shepherd Sunday. Others also are called to serve as lay ministers. All those called are to see in Jesus the Good Shepherd the model of service to God’s people. In this time of crisis, change, and stay-at-home orders, take a moment to reflect on how God is calling you in your life. Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology has been fortunate to be a part the vocational journey for many people. To all those, we thank you, and we keep you in our prayers. To those who are discerning what God is calling them to, we encourage you to contact us for a conversation. We are here to help. To our alumni and friends – do you know someone who could use encouragement to discern their vocation? Today is a wonderful day to have a conversation with someone.
For information, please contact Dcn. Steve Kramer at email@example.com.
April 30, 2020
Assurance of God’s Protection
1 You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, 2 will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” 3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; 4 he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 5 You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, 6 or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only look with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the LORD your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, 10 no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. 12 On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot. 14 Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. 15 When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. 16 With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.
April 29, 2020
Lord, Help us to use our time wisely. Now, during this pandemic, schedules have changed, our space is limited, and it’s hard to be disciplined with our time. Some days we don’t feel like doing anything! This pandemic has changed our point of view and has given us limits which we have never had before. Our travel and movement is so restricted. We feel like prisioners in our own homes, and we wonder, “How long is this going to last?” Time stretches before us, but this coronavirus, on the other hand, has no limits in time or space. Lord, help us manage this feeling of being out of control. Remind us that you are in control. Give us the peace of knowing that you hold us and all whom we love in your mighty hands. Help us to trust you in the midst of this world that is changing day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. You are our light and our salvation; you are the strength of our lives. Of whom shall we be afraid? (Psalm 27). Amen.
(Vicki Johnson, 4/16/2020)
April 28, 2020
“Indifference, self-centeredness division and forgetfulness are not words we want to hear at this time. We want to ban these words forever! They seem to prevail when fear and death overwhelm us, that is, when we do not let the Lord Jesus triumph in our hearts and lives. May Christ, who has already defeated death and opened for us the way to eternal salvation, dispel the darkness of our suffering humanity and lead us into the light of his glorious day, a day that knows no end.” [Pope Francis, Easter Sunday Homily]
April 27, 2020
“The Easter Season is not a time for forgetfulness. The crisis we are facing should not make us forget the many other crises that bring suffering to so many people. May the Lord of life be close to all who are suffering. May he warm their hearts and grant them protection.” [Pope Francis, Easter Sunday Homily]
April 24, 2020
“This Easter Season is not a time for division. May Christ our peace enlighten all who have responsibility in conflicts, that they may have the courage to support the appeal for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world.” [Pope Francis, Easter Sunday Homily]
April 23, 2020
“This Easter Season is not a time for self-centeredness, because the challenge we are facing is shared by all, without distinguishing between persons.” [Pope Francis, Easter Sunday Homily]
April 22, 2020
“This Easter Season is not a time for indifference, because the whole world is suffering and needs to be united in facing the pandemic. May the risen Jesus grant hope to all the poor, to those living on the peripheries, to refugees and the homeless.” [Pope Francis, Easter Sunday Homily]
April 21, 2020
“Christ, my hope, has arisen!” This is a different “contagion” than the pandemic, a message transmitted from heart to heart – for every human heart awaits this Good News. It is the contagion of hope: “Christ, my hope, is risen.” This is no magic formula that makes problems vanish. No, the resurrection of Christ is not that. Instead it is the victory of love over the root of evil, a victory that does not “by-pass” suffering and death, but passes through them, opening a path in the abyss, transforming evil into good: this is the unique hallmark of the power of God.” [Pope Francis, Easter Sunday Homily]
April 20, 2020
“In this Easter season, the Church’s proclamation echoes throughout the world: “Jesus Christ is risen!” — “He is truly risen!” Like a new flame this Good News springs up in the night: the night of a world already faced with epochal challenges and now oppressed by a pandemic severely testing our whole human family. In this night, the Church’s voice rings out: “Christ, my hope, has arisen!” (Easter Sequence). [Pope Francis, Easter Sunday Homily]
April 17, 2020
Help us to use our time wisely. Now, during this pandemic, schedules have changed, our space is limited, and it’s hard to be disciplined with our time. Some days we don’t feel like doing anything! This pandemic has changed our point of view and has given us limits which we have never had before. Our travel and movement is so restricted. We feel like prisioners in our own homes, and we wonder, “How long is this going to last?”
Time stretches before us, but this coronavirus, on the other hand, has no limits in time or space.
Lord, help us manage this feeling of being out of control. Remind us that you are in control. Give us the peace of knowing that you hold us and all whom we love in your mighty hands. Help us to trust you in the midst of this world that is changing day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. You are our light and our salvation; you are the strength of our lives. Of whom shall we be afraid? (Psalm 27). Amen.
(Vicki Johnson, 4/16/2020)
April 16, 2020
“On the dawn after the Sabbath (Easter Sunday morning) the women went to the tomb of Jesus and there an angel told them: ‘Do not be afraid. He is not here; for he has risen.’ the women ‘hear the words of life even as they stand before a tomb…And then they meet Jesus, the giver of all hope, who confirms the message and says: ‘Do not be afraid’.”
(Easter Vigil Homily of Pope Francis)
April 15, 2020
“The Risen Lord invites us at this time to greater trust in him as he says: “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:10). For he is the Good Shepherd who has laid down his life for us (Jn. 10:11). He has done this so that we might have eternal life. “Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ” (Jn 17:3). Clearly, the sacraments and our prayer draw us deeper into that knowledge. And we walk in the new creation, the eighth day of eternal life when we, like our Lord, pour our life out in loving service to those in need. May we find consolation in his care for us, as he stays by our side, and in the example of his Blessed Mother who stayed by his side as he suffered and died on the cross.”
(Fr. Raul Gomez SDS, President-Rector of Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, Hales Corners WI)
April 14, 2020
“Christos anesti! Alithos anesti! Christ is risen! Truly he is risen!
This greeting and response from our Greek-speaking brothers and sisters is used on Easter as a brief but memorable declaration of faith. As we begin the liturgical season of the 50 days of Easter, let us remind ourselves of this declaration often, especially as we continue to endure the pandemic.”
(Fr. Raul Gomez SDS, President-Rector of Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, Hales Corners WI)
April 13, 2020
Regina Caeli Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia. The Son you merited to bear, alleluia, Has risen as he said, alleluia. Pray to God for us, alleluia. ℣. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia. ℟. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia. Let us pray. O God, who have been pleased to gladden the world by the Resurrection of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, grant, we pray, that through his Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may receive the joys of everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. ℟. Amen
[Traced to 12th Century, authorship unknown] .
April 12, 2020
Lord Jesus, my life, here is my life—make it as your own: May all see your life in me. May I be an apt instrument of your love, grace, and salvation. May I be an apostle of your word of life. May I be your ambassador making you known by all the ways and means your love inspires. May I be an angelic messenger of the Good News of your mercy and forgiveness. May I be your human goodness and kindness. May I be the peace you bring to the world. May I be as much like you as possible so that all may come to know, love, and serve the one true God and you whom He has sent so that all may have the fullness of life forever. Amen.
–inspired by the Chapter Talks of Ven. Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan, Founder of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians)
April 11, 2020
“No one, however weak, is denied a share in the victory of the cross. No one is beyond the help of the prayer of Christ. His prayer brought benefit to the multitude that raged against him. How much more does it bring to those who turn to him in repentance.”
-Pope Leo the Great
April 10, 2020
At the Cross her station keeping, stood the mournful Mother weeping, close to her Son to the last.
Through her heart, His sorrow sharing, all His bitter anguish bearing, now at length the sword has passed.
O how sad and sore distressed was that Mother, highly blest, of the sole-begotten One.
Christ above in torment hangs, she beneath beholds the pangs of her dying glorious Son.
Is there one who would not weep, whelmed in miseries so deep, Christ’s dear Mother to behold?
Can the human heart refrain from partaking in her pain, in that Mother’s pain untold?
For the sins of His own nation, She saw Jesus wracked with torment, All with scourges rent:
She beheld her tender Child, Saw Him hang in desolation, Till His spirit forth He sent.
O thou Mother! fount of love! Touch my spirit from above, make my heart with thine accord:
Make me feel as thou hast felt; make my soul to glow and melt with the love of Christ my Lord.
Holy Mother! pierce me through, in my heart each wound renew of my Savior crucified:
Let me share with thee His pain, who for all my sins was slain, who for me in torments died.
Let me mingle tears with thee, mourning Him who mourned for me, all the days that I may live:
By the Cross with thee to stay, there with thee to weep and pray, is all I ask of thee to give.
Virgin of all virgins blest!, Listen to my fond request: let me share thy grief divine;
Let me, to my latest breath, in my body bear the death of that dying Son of thine.
Wounded with His every wound, steep my soul till it hath swooned, in His very Blood away;
Be to me, O Virgin, nigh, lest in flames I burn and die, in His awful Judgment Day.
Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence, be Thy Mother my defense, be Thy Cross my victory;
While my body here decays, may my soul Thy goodness praise, Safe in Paradise with Thee.
– Translation by Edward Caswall, Lyra Catholica (1849)
Ntra. Sra. De las Angustias (Our Lady of Sorrows) Toledo Spain, Good Friday 2018 (Photograph by Raúl Gómez SDS)
April 9, 2020
Jesus, may all that is you flow into me. May your body and blood be my food and drink. May your passion and death be my strength and life. Jesus, with you by my side, enough has been given. May the shelter I seek be the shadow of your cross. Let me not run from the love which you offer, But hold me safe from the forces of evil. On each of my dyings shed your light and your love. Keep calling to me until that day comes, when, with your saints, I may praise you forever. Amen.
(contemporary translation; author unknown)
April 8, 2020
Today we offer this quote for your personal reflection:
Life is a gift, and the fact that it can so easily disappear (something too many residents of the United States have forgotten until now) could lead to a consistent ethic of life grounded in a society committed to gratitude. The Church, which was born from the side of Christ, whose members received the gift of baptism, who are saved through a love that preceded them, can offer something to a polis re-learning a posture of gratitude, an economy of generosity rather than of scarcity. (Timothy O’Malley, “The Church’s Response is Saying No to Death’s Dominion”, Church Life Journal, March 27, 2020)
April 7, 2020
Fr. Thomas Cassidy, SCJ sent us an update on the India lockdown that is currently taking place. On Sunday, April 5 at 9:00pm, people in India lit a candle and stayed silent for nine minutes. This was requested by Prime Minister Modi. During the nine minutes of silence, Fr. Michael Augustine, SCJ read a prayer aloud which can seen below:
A 9-minute Prayer for 9:00 pm, Sunday 5 April 2020
We come to You seeking Your merciful intervention at this hour of darkness created by Coronavirus.
(1) We confess our lack of LOVE towards our fellowmen. Help us to LOVE others as ourselves
(2) We accept that we are not experiencing JOY in spite of
all material and physical blessings. Fill us with Your JOY of Salvation.
(3) We seek Your face to grant PEACE in our homes, workplaces, institutions and the Nation. Help us
reconcile with one another to restore PEACE.
(4) We have lost the virtue of PATIENCE in this world of instant everything. Help us to show PATIENCE to
the weak and the less intelligent.
(5) We worship You as a God of KINDNESS. Stop us from speaking harsh words to others. We are what we
are only because of Your KINDNESS.
(6) Restore unto us GOODNESS in our thoughts, words and deeds. Let our interpersonal relationships be
crowned with GOODNESS.
(7) Let FAITHFULNESS become our way of life. Help us put away lying and hypocrisy to be adorned with
(8) We acknowledge Your GENTLENESS without which we cannot survive. Help us to show GENTLENESS
to our family and friends.
(9) We badly need SELF-CONTROL in this world of discontent and avariciousness.
Let there be self-control against the pull of the forbidden. WE pray, O God, that these 9 fruits of Your Spirit
abound in us now and forever. In the Name of Jesus, Your Son, we submit this Prayer. Let it be so!
(Due to a shortage of candles, Fr. Michael and other members of the community used the flashlights on their phones.)
April 6, 2020
From Pope Francis’ Holy Week message: “We will celebrate Holy Week in a truly unusual way, which manifests and sums up the message of the Gospel, that of God’s boundless love. And in the silence of our cities, the Easter Gospel will resound. The Apostle Paul says: “And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him Who died for them and was raised again” (2 Cor 5:15). In the risen Jesus, life conquered death. This Paschal faith nourishes our hope. I would like to share it with you this evening. It is the hope of a better time, in which we can be better, finally freed from evil and from this pandemic. It is a hope: hope does not disappoint; it is not an illusion, it is a hope.”
April 3, 2020
“God’s touch brings life-giving power that leads to healing and wholeness. As we confront the physical illness of COVID-19, we also call upon the Lord to restore whatever is wounded in body, mind, heart and soul.” – Fr. Andrew Ricci, Diocese of Superior WI
April 2, 2020
“During times of hardship…we need to see the beauty that is all around us. We can recreate what’s already there…we have the ability within us, by God’s grace, to dream and build a world full of wonders, adventure and love.” – Author Unknown
April 1, 2020
“I would like to think these difficult times with the Coronavirus will cause us to think and talk in new ways — to not be so aggressive, and to realize that we need to speak in a more peaceful way. Let’s work during the season of Lent on writing our discourse, taking the high road and speaking the truth with love.” – Auxiliary Bishop Jeffrey Haines
March 31, 2020
“During the Lenten season, let us do all we can to strengthen our relationship of trust with Jesus. He loves us and wants to share with us true and everlasting life.” – Auxiliary Bishop James Schuerman
March 30, 2020
During the coronavirus, let’s not forget about other important medical needs. One of our recent alums, Fr. Michael Leiker, wrote two articles recently published by The Register, Catholic Diocese of Salina. The first is about organ donation, and the second is about Fr. Michael’s need for a liver transplant. You can read the articles here.
March 27, 2020
“Daily Reflection” from Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki:
“God is with us. And, because of the uncertainty of the situation that surrounds us, because we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, we have to demonstrate our own trust in God … For God, nothing is impossible. Have trust.”
March 26, 2020
Pope Francis expressed his ongoing concern for people affected by the coronavirus epidemic worldwide in an interview given to Domenico Agasso, the Vatican correspondent for La Stampa, an Italian daily. He said the coronavirus pandemic reminded him of “when the Apostles were with Jesus in the boat and a storm arose and they shouted to him saying, ‘Master, we are drowning’.” He said “that prayer helps us to understand our vulnerability. It’s the cry of the poor, of those who are drowning, who feel in danger, alone. But in a difficult, desperate situation, it’s important to know that there is the Lord whom we can hold onto. He sustains us in many ways. He transmits strength and closeness, as he did to the disciples in the midst of the storm when they asked for help.” In this crisis, Francis said, “I do not wish to distinguish between believers and non-believers. We are all human beings and, as human beings, we are all in the same boat. And nothing that is human can be alien to a Christian. Here one cries because one suffers. We have in common our humanity and suffering…. We should not make a difference between believers and non-believers. Let us go to the roots: our humanity. Before God, we are all his children.” He concluded by saying that when the pandemic ends, the experience may be a little like after the end of World War II. “There will no longer be ‘the other’ but the ‘us,’” Pope Francis said, “because we can only get out of this situation all together.”
March 25, 2020
A Prayer During the Pandemic. “Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages ‘curing every disease and illness.’ At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.
Jesus Christ, heal us.
(Adapted from a prayer by Kerry Weber, an executive editor of America, in America Magazine, March 30, 2020 issue)
March 24, 2020
“Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today, will care for you tomorrow and every day.” St. Francis de Sales