March 20, 2020 - Thank you to the Office of Ignatian Spirituality for compiling this list of prayers and resources that might be helpful during this time of social distancing and anxiety. In addition to the resources they've provided, several options exist for online Mass (all times are Central Time unless otherwise specified):
Fr. Mark McKenzie preaches on the Gospel story of Jesus' friend Lazarus' death:
Listen to Fr.Gene Martens' homily on God's unfathomable mercy, based on the Parable of the Prodigal Son:
May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips remember those that have no place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.
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.
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.
Prayers and Reflections to Help During this Time
Each day brings an inundation of news stories and uncertainty about what the future holds. Here, we have collected some of the best prayers and reflections that we have seen.
A Coronavirus Prayer
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.
Click here for the full prayer in English. In Spanish. In Italian.
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Spirituality in a Time of Quarantine
"What would Jesus do? Jesus would tell you to stay home for your own good and the good of your neighbor.
But is that it? As Christians, we know that spirituality is not just about avoiding evil. It is also about doing good. Every crisis is an opportunity to do good. Here are some suggestions about what individuals, families, neighbors and parishes can do during this quarantine." Click here for more.
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Reflections and Resources in Light of COVID-19
Responding in Prayer, Reflection, and Solidarity: Coronavirus Resources, as the Jesuit and broader Catholic network responds in unique ways with love, compassion, and new means of building community, ISN will compile them in this space.
Coronavirus: A Reminder that We Are All Connected, a letter to students from Dr. Philip Metres, professor of English and the director of the peace, justice, and human rights program at John Carroll University.
Coronavirus: News, Reflections, and Analysis
Faith in the time of Coronavirus, by Fr. James Martin, S.J.
How Catholics Should Respond to Coronavirus, by the Editors
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Information from AJCU on the Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Jesuit Colleges and Universities
As of Monday, March 16, staff members for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) are working from home for at least the next two weeks. Click here for links to webpages with information from Jesuit colleges and universities on ways that they are addressing the coronavirus (COVID-19) on their campuses, along with video messages from presidents.
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A Meditation for the Anxious During COVID-19
"Become aware of your breath. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Bring your breathing under control. It’s hard. We’re in uncertain times, uncharted waters. Our breaths might be short, panicked. We may have forgotten to breathe all together..."
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Online Ignatian Resources for Lent 2020
As we come to terms with what the coronavirus and associated quarantining and social distancing have done to upset our lives, we still seek solace in the spirituality of our faith and this Lenten season. Click here for a list of resources from the greater Jesuit and Ignatian community.