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Powerful Prayer

Each person prays in a very individual way. But there is common ground when we speak of prayer, and this helps us not only understand one another, but enable people of vastly different faith walks, religious persuasions (or none), ages, and life circumstances to unite in prayer around disasters, causes, individuals who are suffering, and other crisis-fraught situations.
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‘Peace Be with You’

Peace 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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Elizabeth Ann Seton: A Patron Saint in Times of Quarantine

At the beginning of the 19th century, New York City was a prosperous urban development. With a population of some 60,000 at the time, it served as a primary center for trade.
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Breathing in the Spirit

If our physical and emotional reactions help anchor us, help us understand what we’re physically capable of, and give us the ability to express our emotions and move through the full cycle of a crisis, then the Spirit within each of us is the fuel and the fire that enables us to face that emotional pain.
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A Time for Grace

When I first started going on contemplative retreats, I remember how difficult it was to give myself grace in my journey inward. I was uncovering so much within myself I had never seen before, which sent me spiraling beyond introspection into something of obsession. 
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Clare, COVID-19, and the Communion of Saints

“He died alone!” “We were not with her!” These lamentations are heard daily as people recount the most bitter experience of losing a loved one to COVID-19. This cry from the heart expresses the deep suffering the crisis creates. But dare we ask the question: Did they really die alone?
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The Annunciation in the Time of COVID-19

In the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, as in all diseases, we wait. We sit or stand or lie down and wait. We wait when there’s nothing more that we can do. We wait impatiently or with panic or anger. We wait and fidget and walk or run.
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COVID-19 and Solitude

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity once said, “I have within me a solitude where He dwells, and nothing can take that away from me.” Comforting words, especially in the times we’re in now, but many still battle loneliness. Father Clifford Hennings, OFM, has words of wisdom as many of us are forced to embrace solitude.
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God's Peace, Our Reward

Believe it or not, a crisis can be positive. It can strengthen us, bond us more tightly with loved ones, reveal talents we did not realize we had, teach us about skillful and healthful coping, and give us a greater appreciation for this world and this life.
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Love Is a Force Stronger than COVID-19

As I write this, it is just before 7:00. I have already read our daily readings and practiced a centering prayer with my wife, Amy. When I came downstairs to take my place in front of my computer to start the workday, I found a pink envelope standing up on my desk addressed to “My Husband, Ray.”
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