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.
Prayer for May 21
A devotional prayer in a time of pandemic
by The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas (April 13, 2020)
Jesus, you are my friend and Savior. You know me through and through, and you are with me in every part of my life: in my sadness, anger, and fear, and in my gratefulness and joy.
Gracious Jesus, on the day of your resurrection you came to your frightened disciples and breathed the Holy Spirit into them. Breathe into me, as you breathed into them, the same creative wind and energy that moved across the face of the deep at the very beginning of creation.
As I breathe in, I breathe in your courage and strength. As I breathe out, I breathe out your loving-kindness and compassion.
Help me to remember that you are with me always and that every day you invite me to bear witness to your healing love. Thank you for the people you have given me to love and for the tasks you have given me to do. Give me the guts, audacity and resolve to stand up in the midst of a great catastrophe and to do what is mine to do.
Speak in my heart and grant me the peace that passes understanding, so that I may know in my deepest core that whether I live or die, I am yours, and you will never leave me.
The Sisters of St. Agnes have always practiced the directive in their Constitutions which states, "we remember in our prayers the needs of the universal church and all peoples, living and dead."
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