18. Prayer to the Holy Spirit
O Holy Spirit –
Replace the tension within me with holy relaxation;
Replace the turbulence within me with a sacred calm;
Replace the anxiety within me with a strong faith;
Replace the bitterness within me with the sweetness of Your grace;
Replace the darkness within me with Your guiding light;
Replace the coldness within me with a gentle warmth.
17. Be the Best of Whatever You Are By Douglas Malloch (1877-1938)
16. A Personal Reflection #2
15. Easter Prayer #2
Lord, the resurrection of Your Son
has given us new life and renewed hope.
Help us to live as new people
in pursuit of the Christian ideal.
Grant us wisdom to know what we must do,
the will to want to do it,
the courage to undertake it,
the perseverance to continue to do it, and the
strength to complete it
14. “We need to rediscover the concreteness of small things, the small acts of kindness shown to those who are close to us, family, friends. We need to realise that our treasure lies in small things.”
– Pope Francis
13. Not Everything is Cancelled
Not Everything is Cancelled
Sun is not Cancelled
Spring is not Cancelled
Relationships are not Cancelled
Love is not Cancelled
Reading is not Cancelled
Devotion is not Cancelled
Music is not Cancelled
Imagination is not Cancelled
Kindness is not Cancelled
Conversations are not Cancelled
Hope is not Cancelled
12. A Funeral People
11. A Personal Reflection #1
Something I did not give much thought to until the pandemic arrived was how small the world is. I find it very frightening that a disease can strike so quickly and affect the whole world. Even though I learned that the catholic church is universal (Catholic means universal), I never gave it much thought until now.
We are united all over the world not just at a local level with our brothers and sisters in faith but we are in a bond that extends far beyond physically being present to one another.
We are TOGETHER in prayer, UNITED in faith and BOUND together in Jesus.
Thank you Lord for the gift of our faith. Let us remember each other in prayer that we may all experience the Love and Compassion of Jesus during this Easter season. Amen
10. Canticle Of Creation
9. TODAY I SAW A NURSE
8. A reflection on Pope Francis sermon on Friday night’s Urbi et Orbi
The Calming of the storm
7. Prayer during times of a Pandemic
6. An Old Prayer
During these days when people are prevented from receiving Holy Communion physically, we can still receive the gift spiritually. The following prayer is an old one, but one which can help us in these times.
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot now 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. Amen
5. An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, 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 seperated from You.
4. A Prayer for our Priests as they exercise their ministry during this time of the COVID-19
Eternal God, Be with our priests this day as they seek to minister to your people. May you be a guiding and protective presence with them as they bring the consolation and hope of Your word and the grace and nourishment of Eucharist to those entrusted into their care. Grant them the strength of mind and body, keep them safe to do your will, And give them the courage and peace to face each day with trust and confidence in You. Into your hands O God, we commend them; fill them with your grace and healing. Amen
3. A Prayer for Healthcare Workers during this time of the Coronavirus COVID-19.
Loving God, we place into your care all our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers. Give them courage of heart and strength of mind and body. Keep them safe from harm. May they know our deep gratitude for all they are doing to heal and help those affected by the coronavirus. God of all consolation may they know your protection and peace. Bless them in these challenging days and bless their families. Amen
Thoughts of Brother Richard OFM Cap
March 13, 2020
1.This is a lovely read from Pope Francis.
Tonight before falling asleep think about when we will return to the street.
When we hug again, when all the shopping together will seem like a party.
Let's think about when the coffees will return to the bar, the small talk, the photos close to each other.
We think about when it will be all a memory but normalcy will seem an unexpected and beautiful gift.
We will love everything that has so far seemed futile to us. Every second will be precious.
Swims at the sea, the sun until late, sunsets, toasts, laughter.
We will go back to laughing together.
Strength and courage.
See you soon!
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