SSND Prayers and Reflections
The School Sisters of Notre Dame have been creating prayers and reflections for all.
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Praise Song for the Pandemic
Praise be the nurses and doctors,
every medical staff bent over flesh to offer care,
for lives saved and lives lost,
for showing up either way...
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Lockdown by Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Quarantine by S. Pat Lange, SSND
Do not quarantine your love of neighbor, let love become your voice,
For “Love gives everything gladly.”
Do not quarantine your Faith, grow in it, embrace it, become one with it, share it.
Noah's Wife by Genita Walker (MMU student)
Because as a woman of faith
When disaster strikes
You gather the food, clothes, water, and hay
You make provisions for the animals in your life
You teach the kids
You cook the meals
And listen to the complaints
When I’m Anxious, Worried, and Uncertain I Pray
What are You inviting me to discover at this moment? Help me find the good and grace when I’m struggling to understand what is unfolding around me. Help me locate You more clearly Lord, so that my eyes may find You in the fog of this crisis.
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.
A Short, Sincere Request
Good and gracious God, be with us in these turbulent times. Stir our hearts to care for those who are sick and suffering. In small ways and in sweeping gestures, may our lives give witness to your compassion and holy mercy. We ask this in Christ’s name. Amen.
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.
Take Care – Take a Break
Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty. Find meditations, mindfulness resources, articles about COVID19 related anxiety, and more.
Enjoy these speedy one-minute meditations. Feel free to meditate even longer.
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.
Living in Uncertain Times
The Growing Edge
Listen to this episode from Carrie and Parker Palmer about living in uncertain times and accepting the invitation to see and do things differently.
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.
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.
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.