I was talking with a priest friend today whose heart’s desire right now is to make sure people know that the Church is there for them. Masses may have been closed to the public in many places, but priests are still celebrating Mass, many of them livestreaming them, many more not. Silent prayer in so many corners. We must praise God, even as we ask for his protection and consolation and healing. That this is happening during the season of Lent for many Christians, can’t be lost. Offer the sacrifices for miracles! Ask boldly for them. I heard a Sister of Life a few days ago insist to God that the virus be vanquished. We believers should probably pray boldly like that! He has His reasons for allowing this, but all is not lost. Have confidence in that. God is near to us in this. And pray for those who are sick and those who are caring for them know that most.
Some places for online Mass: St. Patrick’s Cathedral
The government has the duty to guarantee care and material sustenance for the people but we have the duty to do the same for their souls. May it never be said: “I’m never going back to a church where no one came to find me when I needed help.”
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4. Here’s part one of a Rick Warren podcast on Walking without Fear through the Valley of Virus
St Patrick’s Day this year feels as if every non-essential aspect of the feast has been stripped away. I am left with an overall sense of the reawakening of awe and wonder, at Christ’s abiding presence in every facet of my life. “Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart!” #StPatrick
— Fr. Patrick Brennan (@Fr_PatBren) March 17, 2020