A Prayer Amid an Epidemic By Kerry Weber
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. 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, 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.
Kerry Weber is an executive editor of America. www.americamagazine.org
An Act of Spiritual Communion
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
Artist - Sr. Victoria Masil Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
Prayer for Vocations
You have called each of us by name into the Secular Franciscan Order.
Open our hearts to you.
We pray that You bring brothers and sisters to us.
May we always be welcoming and joyful and gentle.
Open our eyes to the goodness of your creation.
Especially to those places where we are blind.
Open our hearts to the gifts we are to each other,
Especially to the gifts of others who we have failed to see.
Help us to stretch our hearts wide enough
To embrace contradictions and paradox.
We call on all our Franciscan Ancestors in the Communion of Saints
To pray fervently with us now for vocations,
So that inspired by the same holy Spirit who enflamed Francis and Clare,
We may help to transform our Order and our world as we journey together,
Until each of us joins You for all eternity
In Communion with Your most Holy Trinity.
(Prayerful gift to the Troubadours of Peace Region from
St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity, Medford, OR)