Prayer in the time of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Good and Gracious God,

Be with us and bless us during this time of trial and anxiety.  Keep us mindful of all members of our human family around the world who experience the reality of the Coronavirus.

May your Spirit be with and guide healthcare professionals, researchers, and all institutional leaders who are responding to this crisis.

May your grace and consolation be with all who are suffering the effects of Covid-19.  We ask that your power and love be with those who have contracted this virus.  For those who have died, may they rest in peace.  Please console their loved ones who remain.

Help us to remain healthy in body, mind, and spirit.  Give us the grace we need to remain calm and hopeful.  Show us how to bolster and enliven one another during these days of disrupted routine.  Show us what to read and watch so that our souls are nurtured, our minds and hearts enriched.  Help us take time for meaningful conversations and to find ways to recreate and rest.

Good and loving God, during these Sacred Days of Lent, may our prayer draw us confidently closer to your Son and to a deeper appreciation for his example during a time of difficulty.  May we be healthy, holy, hopeful, and always compassionately concerned for the wellbeing and welfare of others.

We ask all this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

– Rev. Joseph E. Lingan, S.J.

 

“In a time of drastic change, one can be too preoccupied with what is ending or too obsessed with what seems to be beginning. In either case one loses touch with the present and with its obscure but dynamic possibilities.

What really matters is openness, readiness, attention, courage to face risk. You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going.

What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.

In such an event, courage is the authentic form taken by love.”

-Thomas Merton