Fr. Michael Schleupner has led several retreats at our Center. He and Fr. peace, emotions, contemplativeNicholas Amato were to lead our annual Triduum retreat and Holy Week liturgies next month. We’re so disappointed to have to cancel it, due to the pandemic. We do look forward to welcoming Fr. Michael back for our August 16-22 Directed Retreat though. If you’d like to learn more about it and more about Fr. Michael, please click here. In the meantime, Fr. Michael wrote this prayer and shared it with us. Let’s remember we’re in God’s presence. Pray with us…

A Coronavirus Prayer

Loving God,

right now, I really need you.

The truth is that I always need you, but at this moment, I really know that.

I’ve got lots of feelings inside me and the number one is anxiety.

I feel anxious:

about getting sick from this Coronavirus,

about my older family members and friends getting sick,

about how many of us will get sick,

about how long this threat will last,

about the well-being of our doctors and all health care providers,

about the future of our families and country and world.

So, dear God, with all of this anxiety, I turn to you.

Give your protection to all of us – to me, my family, friends, and co-workers,

my community, my country, and yes, to all persons in this world – in China, in Italy, wherever.

Protect us from all that could harm us –

physically, spiritually, and socially.

Keep us strong in you, in your caring hands.

And give us the peace of Christ –

peace in our hearts, in our lines at the supermarket,

in our relationships, and definitely with you.

I want to trust the words of Jesus: “I am with you always,”

and, “Do not be afraid.”

Remembering these words, I pray with trust

through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son and our brother,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

~Father Michael Schleupner

 

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