Thanks to members of The Catholic Sisters Leadership Council of Western Pennsylvania for sharing this beautiful prayer.
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All praise be yours, my Lord through those who grant pardon for love of you; through those who endure sickness and trial. Happy are those who endure in peace, by you, Most High, they will be crowned.
~ St. Francis of Assisi, Canticle of Creation
In Days of Uncertainty
(For Peace in Anxiety During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Catholic Health Association of the United States)
Loving God, we come to you full of anxiety about what may happen in the coming days and weeks. Shower us with the peace Jesus promised to his disciples and make us into steady pillars for those around us. In this time of uncertainty and epidemic, wake us up to the reminder that we are not alone.
Even as we are asked to keep our distance from others, help us to find ways to reach out to those who need our support. We pray especially for those whose incomes and livelihoods are threatened; for the children who will miss meals due to school closures; for those already isolated, lonely and scared. Loving God, give them your peace, and through our hands ensure they have what they need.
Sustain, strengthen and protect all caregivers. Bless them as they offer compassionate care and show selfless courage in the face of risk.
Remind us, each time we wash our hands, that in our baptism you call us to let go of our fears and live in joy, peace, and hope. Amen.