Communique #7 – Spiritual Development
National Chairperson of Spiritual Development Shari Guinta, March 17, 2020.
“United to Christ we are never alone, but we form one single Body, of which He is the Head” (Pope Francis, March 14, 2020).
Pope Francis has asked that Catholics pray for those affected by COVID-19. “In this situation of pandemic, in which we find ourselves living more or less isolated, we are invited to rediscover and deepen the value of the communion that unites all the members of the Church.” How true!
The Holy Father has composed a “prayer to Our Lady, Health of the Sick, to implore her protection during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.” Encourage members to recite the prayer during this time of uncertainly. Several provincial councils plan to pray the rosary and this prayer on March 20th as a unified day of prayer for those affected by this pandemic. As my pastor at Saturday evening mass said, “this is a time of prayer, not despair.”
Prayer to Our Lady, Health of the Sick
by Pope Francis during the coronavirus epidemic
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did in Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas—we who are put to the test—and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Watch the Holy Father speak directly to those affected by the virus, and medical personnel and volunteers, followed by praying the above prayer before the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on YouTube at youtube.com/watch?v=D2wxD3YvfeQ.
May God bless us all.