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Wounded Healers

Wounded HealersThey're everywhere. In this age of COVID-19, of worry and sickness, of paralyzing fear and deepening sadness, these brave souls can be found on the front lines: wounded healers. I am one myself.

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Pope Francis' Prayer to Mary

Blessed Virgin Mary | Hope in the age of Coronavirus

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

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VIDEO: Sr. Keener on Suffering

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Clare, CPVID-19, and the Communion of Saints

St. Clare of Assisi: Pray for us!These countless COVID-19 victims were not alone. In that final hour, the veil fell away and they moved forward surrounded by ancestors of their family and of their faith. God has wiped away their tears. Can this faith also help to dry ours?

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Stress: Our Pathway to God

Hope in the age of CoronavirusThe COVID-19 pandemic has taken over our world and very possibly our peace of minds. The last thing you need is some chirpy voice from the remote land of spirituality suggesting that you pray. But maybe that’s exactly what’s needed.

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The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

Hope in the age of CoronavirusLord, 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;
and where there is sadness, joy.
 
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

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VIDEO: Fr. Clifford Hennings on Our Universal One-ness

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Time: Lockdown's Unexpected Gift

Time: Lockdown's Unexpected Gift

With this lockdown, I am being blessed with the privilege of time: Time to watch my kids grow and play. Time to check in with family. Time to help my neighbors. Time to flatten the curve. The whole world needs time. 

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Be Still and Know

Hope in the age of CoronavirusI believe we are naturally restless people. For whatever reason, we feel our lives are somehow incomplete as we experience them and we long to fill in what is missing. We anxiously grasp at the world, hoping that more stuff, more wealth, more power, and more acclaim will satisfy us. Despite the futility of the world, something tells us it will bring us ultimate rest, but it never does. The more we seek, the more we realize how unsatisfied we are.

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VIDEO: Wired to be Present

Terry Hershey | Hope in the age of CoronavirusHundreds of years ago, in an era much more fraught than ours, St. Francis learned to live without holding back his heart. His antidote to confusion and paralysis was a return to simplicity, one step at a time, one person at a time, one good thing at a time, the right-in-front-of-you idea of searching for the light even while living with the darkness.

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A Franciscan Response to COVID-19

Hope in the age of Coronavirus

By now, no one needs to tell you about the impact of the pandemic we’re experiencing. There are a great number of inconveniences. There is also a lot of fear and confusion. Social distancing and the rate of change make all of our daily lives more difficult.

Sometimes we need to go back to our faith, though, to get perspective. Our faith tells us what to do with our feelings, our fear, our inconveniences, our reduced options for social connection. My brother Richard Rohr recaps a dictum from psychology when he states: “Any pain that is not transformed is always transmitted.”

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Breathing Under Water

Breathing in the Spirit

Breathing in the SpiritIf our physical and emotional reactions help anchor us, then the Spirit within each of us is the fire that enables us to face pain.

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5 Books to Lift Your Spirits during Quarantine

Hope in the age of CoronavirusThe COVID-19 pandemic has caused stress and fear the likes many have never experienced. The current lockdown we are enduring has produced a less serious, though more familiar, foe: boredom. At Franciscan Media, we’re here to make sure your spirits are lifted and your hearts lightened during this confusing time. Here are five books we recommend to help fill the hours.

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'Peace Be with You'

Clifford Hennings, OFMPeace can be elusive—even when there isn't a global health scare. How can we find peace? Father Clifford Hennings, OFM, offers some tips on finding and keeping the peace of mind that eludes us.

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During Lockdown, Pope Francis Calls for Help for Homeless

Pope Francis and Coronavirus

As national and local governments have been issuing stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Pope Francis asked people to pray for and assist those who are homeless.

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Stay Home and Cook!

Food and fellowship during coronavirusFood, family, and fellowship! Stay home, roll up your sleeves, and try some of these easy and delicious recipes.

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I'm Providing Health Care, Prayer during COVID-19

Medical students and physician assistants from Touro University Nevada wait to screen people in Las Vegas for the coronavirus March 30, 2020. (CNS photo/Steve Marcus, Reuters) Our greatest resource right now is ourselves, and so many people are praying. It is their prayers that get us through each shift. We continue to pray too, unceasingly as we worry about our physical and emotional health. Knowing in our hearts if we are standing there, we are fighting the fight and we will make it. The courage in our vulnerability is palpable and we are courage, WE ARE ONE.

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