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Entries related to: covid-19

Choosing Light Over Darkness

We cannot tell the future, and so we cannot say with certainty what crises might occur in our lives and world tomorrow, next month, or next year. We can be certain that, as long as people populate the earth and are wonderfully and frightfully human, there will undoubtedly be trouble that will adversely impact us, our families, and our communities.
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The Annunciation in a 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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Helping the Marginalized during COVID-19

COVID-19 has doubtless upended our lives. For Father Clifford Hennings, OFM, this pandemic has robbed him of his closeness to other people. Fellowship over Zoom isn't the same. But Father Hennings has not lost hope. Enjoy this brief video testimony.
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COVID-19 Can Lead Us to a Better World

My good friend and former pastor Father Tom Lynch would often say, “Life turns on a dime.” He was generally saying this in reference to Matthew 24:42: “Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” 
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Hope & Humility: Our Weapons against COVID-19

Most of us want to believe that the world is fundamentally predictable and safe. I know that I don’t do especially well with uncertainty and risk. Even when I’m doing something adventurous like rock climbing, I don’t want dramatic surprises; I want to know that I’m on route and that my gear will prevent disaster.
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Crisis and Crossroads

COVID-19 is still wreaking havoc on communities across the country. I have no way of knowing what will happen next week or next month. What I do know is that the monumental crisis of this pandemic presents us with great danger and great opportunity—and, therefore, with consequential choices between fear and hope.
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‘Where There Is Darkness, Light’

The ground beneath the city of Pompeii began to heave days before a crisis erupted that threatened the lives of all who lived there and in the surrounding towns. At first, residents of the Roman city did not worry. Earthquakes were a common occurrence. Life went on. 
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Six Ways to Be Grateful

Sometimes we need to be brought to the edge of darkness to realize how much we’ve already been given by God to enjoy and celebrate. This can be the case even if we are religiously attuned, spiritually alert, and psychologically healthy.
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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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