“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12.32)
During these extraordinary times, when you are prevented from attending Mass daily and on Sundays and are relegated to the reality of God’s kingdom relayed through pixels, please be assured of my prayers.
Above all else, do not let fear have the upper hand, nor the devil steal your joy. Instead, as your spiritual father, I urge you to see this time as a deepening of your Lenten devotion:
- a time to pray more purposefully, particularly with your parish family
- a time to set aside worldly distractions, especially the ‘virtual’ world
- a time to love more deliberately, by helping concretely those in need
- a time to limit your appetites, so that you don’t feed your fears
To aid you in this godly endeavor, I offer you three resources that we have recently put together. These are:
- Daily Prayer at Home During Lent
- Prayer in Time of Pestilence
- An Act of Spiritual Communion
Use the Daily Prayer to join the church, from your home, in the Scriptures and prayers appointed for daily Lenten Masses.
Use the Prayer in Time of Pestilence, both to join us in your home as we pray this on Friday evenings at the church; and as an additional prayer throughout the week.
Use the Act of Spiritual Communion to assist you as you abstain from the Holy Eucharist until we are able, with great joy, to gather again.
You may also wish to listen to the podcast “The Fathers Speak,” which consists of me reading selections from the holy fathers based on the Gospel reading from the daily Mass.
Finally, let us in prayer and in deed do what we can to take care of each other and our neighbors, particularly those who live alone and have no family nearby. Please help me by checking on each other proactively and letting me know who may be sick or in need. As much as I am able, I will bring food, medicine or hygiene products to those who can’t get out. If you’re willing to help, please let me know.
Be assured that each of you are close to my heart, and that my love for you increases even as our contact is decreased.
May God have mercy on us, and comfort us during this affliction.
Your spiritual father in Christ,