Prayers to St. Rocco (The Patron Saint of Epidemics and Illness)
O Blessed San Roque,
Patron of the sick,
Have pity on those
Who lie upon a bed of suffering.
Prophets of a Future Not Our Own
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
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
Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Prayer against Depression
by Saint Ignatius of Loyola
O Christ Jesus,
when all is darkness
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your presence,
Your love, and Your strength.
by Lynn Ungar
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.
Prayer for a Pandemic
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.
Prayer for Balance
Lord, help me
Be prepared, but not anxious.
Be aware, but not desperate.
Be vigilant, but not in fear.
Be joyful, but not clueless.
Be faithful, but not careless.
Lord, be my hope and strength.
Inspiration from Scripture: Romans 8: 31-37
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but handed him over for us all, will he not also give us everything else along with him? … What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?... No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.
Focus On the Good
Good News Network
Read about 10 positive updates from around the world amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Embracing the Uncertainty: What I Learned from My Evacuation During the 2014 Ebola Outbreak
Ignation Solidarity Network
"It’s easy to lose yourself as you deal with the unexpected, understandably, as it can be so disorienting. But that’s when it’s more important than ever to give yourself a moment for some quiet and reflection, for it’s in those moments that so many things can be revealed." -Josh Utter
We must not allow the coronavirus to rob us of our humanity. How can we (safely) preserve it?
America: The Jesuit Review
"For every hug or handshake we forgo, we might offer some words of love and affirmation. For every visit we are unable to make, we could place an extra phone call or video call. For every bar, restaurant or concert we avoid, we could take that time to join an online book club, plan a garden or send something good into the world via Facebook or Twitter." -Michael Rozier, S.J.
Students Organize Their Own Aid Networks
Inside Higer Ed
As campus closures strain low-income students, undergrads at over a dozen universities have started large "mutual aid" networks and fundraisers to defray costs.
Inspiring News from Women Religious Around the World
Global Sisters Report
Sign up for weekly updates about the Global Sisters Report. Learn about what sisters are doing around the world, how they are coping with the pandemic, and receive plenty of prayer and vocational resources.
Being Resilient During Coronavirus
The Daily Good
Watch a message from Dr. Rick Hansen about how to build resiliency during a time of fear.
Ignation Solidarity Network
The Examen is a traditional method of prayerful awareness that is a bedrock in Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education. It’s a short, easy way to reflect on your day and become more mindful about where you are experiencing grace or goodness and where there is room in your actions and life for growth. Especially in times of uncertainty and rapid change, taking time to reflect becomes essential.
How Mindfulness Can Help You Navigate the Coronavirus Panic
Your mindfulness practice can help you mitigate not only the fear and uncertainty of COVID-19, but can even help you quit touching your face all day.
Three breathing exercises to ease your coronavirus anxiety
From belly breathing to alternate nostril breathing, these techniques will relax and soothe your panic in no time.
Contemplation in Quarantine
The Jesuit Post
Uncertain as this time is, it seems to me that the pandemic is providing an opportunity for us to collectively examine our lives and to perhaps look anew at the unseen and ordinary.
The Taizé Community
The Taizé Community is based in France where they pray through chanting psalms, sharing scripture, and lighting candles. Be sure to like their page on Facebook for notifications when they go live to join them in prayer.
Explore different ways to build gratitude, explore different practices for living more gratefully, and connect with others who hope to do the same.
Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch
Travel & Leisure
Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home.
How can I work from home with kids during the coronavirus pandemic?
Here are some tips from parents on how to work at home with children.
How To Be Alone, But Not Lonely, Despite The Coronavirus
National Public Radio
Social distancing is recommended to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, but it can be isolating for many. Read how others across the country are coming up with creative ways to stay connected.
How to Cope With Loneliness During Coronavirus
Very Well Mind
What's the best way to get through this period of isolation? There are many strategies that you can employ to ensure your well-being and good mental health. Most of these involve either finding ways to distract yourself (keep busy) or finding ways to connect with others (despite the circumstances).
Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak
This tip sheet describes feelings and thoughts you may have during and after social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. It also suggests ways to care for your behavioral health during these experiences and provides resources for more help.
That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief
Harvard Business Review
This interview with David Kessler looks at the COVID-19 pandemic through a lens of mourning. Kessler offers ways to address and cope with these feelings of grief.
Catholic Social Thought Resources
Jesuit Social Research Institute
Have some free time to learn something new? Check out any of these 38 one-page articles with information about different social justice issues and what Catholic Social Teaching tells us about them.