“There is a time for everything under the heavens….”
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
You and I shared an hour of “spiritual communion” today
as I offered up your intentions before the Tabernacle.
Here is one of the prayers which “we” lifted up to the Lord:
A Prayer from the Jesuit magazine “America”
Lord 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 good 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.
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.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died.
As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair.
May they know your peace.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers, and all medical professionals
who seek to heal and help those affected
and who put themselves at risk in the process.
May they know your protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations.
Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern
for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve.
Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions
that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks.
May they know your peace,
as they work together to achieve it on earth.
Whether we are home or abroad,
surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few,
Lord Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare.
In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.
Please heal us.
We pray in your Holy Name,
you who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.