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Covid-19 has surely connected us in ways we never experienced before! The days extended into weeks and even months as we have taken seriously the call to “Stay Safe at Home”. Together we have tried to do all we could to ensure the safety of all our sisters as well as with the communities and places where we live and minister. We are aware of the many ways all of us have had to adjust to a new way of living community, sharing prayer, and ministering to one another and to those you serve. Through it all we are becoming more globally conscious as we recognize in new ways the interconnectedness of the world and all creation.

Although deprived of sharing Eucharist at Mass, there was comfort in joining the community in the suggested prayer each day at 6 p.m. for an end to the coronavirus. Together we prayed for all those affected by the pandemic and for those who continue to risk their lives in care of the most vulnerable among us. We continue to pray for those working for a way to end this world-wide “enemy” by developing a vaccine to prevent further spread of the virus.

We are grateful for the thoughtful and inspirational sharing of so many sisters by emails, blogs, and other means of connecting with one another. We have also been delighted by the humor shared – often easing our fears and concerns. Laughter has been heard around the community (and the world) despite the seriousness of this unforgettable global event. At this point we will no longer continue the formal sharing of our experiences of the quarantine through general email to all. However, we encourage you to connect individually with one another, as you wish.

At the same time, while we continue to pray for an end to the coronavirus, the common prayer suggestions we have been posting will also be discontinued at the end of this week. Beginning on Memorial Day, we will post a suggested Thanksgiving Prayer for one week of communal thanks for all the ways God has provided for us during these last months of confinement. You may choose to add your own prayers of thanksgiving during this week’s common prayer.

Thank you for the fidelity to what has been asked of all of us as we live through this unpredictable and unknown future.

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Prayer for May 19

May 19, 2020
By Sisters of St. Agnes

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Pandemic

by Lynn Ungar (3/11/20)

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

 

Source: http://www.lynnungar.com/poems/pandemic/ 

 

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