Written on: March 19, 2020
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During these challenging times, we want to assure you that our Sisters are being extremely careful and most are fully able to shelter safely where they are. We also have plans in place to attend to any pressing needs of our most vulnerable members. While we are all being cautious, please know that one of our main activities is to pray for each and everyone of you. We urge you to also be safe and take proper precautions for yourself and your loved ones.
Just as we began to consider what type of prayer we would offer you, our good friends, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary sent this prayer out publicly. We are grateful to be able to share it with you here. We hope you will pray it along with us.
Prayer during a Pandemic by Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM
Loving God, Holy One,
Your desire is for our wholeness and well-being.
We hold in tenderness and prayer
the collective suffering of our world at this time.
We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened.
We ache for ourselves and our neighbors,
standing before an uncertain future.
We pray: may love, not fear, go viral.
Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely,
aligned with the common good.
Help us to practice social distancing
and reveal to us new and creative ways
to come together in spirit and in solidarity.
Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence,
You, the God who does not abandon,
You, the Holy One,
breathing within us, breathing among us,
breathing around us, in our beautiful yet wounded world.