in this moment
Quarantine is derived from the Italian word quaranta, meaning “forty”; in Latin, the word is quadraginta. During Lent, we are called in a sense to quarantine ourselves from the physical things that keep us distanced from God — through acts of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
In light of the current global pandemic, we have been asked to quarantine ourselves from each other through social distancing to help reduce the spread of disease. While we are separated from our friends, our teammates, our co-workers, and even family, and while the sacraments may be restricted, we do not have to be separated from our God.
We invite you to connect more closely with God with the content below which we hope lifts your spirits and extends healing and prayers to those who are affected. While we are unable to be together physically, our Church can still be united spiritually.
Why is this happening?
It’s the most natural question, one that all of us are asking. Why is God allowing this? Is this a punishment for sins?
The providence of God is mysterious, often inscrutable, but always loving. His full motivations for this trial may be opaque to us, but following the Fathers and Doctors of the Church we can always receive this time of uncertainty, sickness, and sorrow as a correction from our loving Father. In other words, no matter why God gives it to us, we can always and with profit take it as penance.
No moment is more important than the one immediately after our death, when we have a serious heart to heart discussion with Jesus about our lives, answering for everything we’ve ever done. We call this the Particular Judgment, and upon that moment hangs our eternal happiness. Are we ready?
When we look it straight in the face, most of us would balk at a confident, “Yes!” And so we repent, beg God to forgive us our sins, and promise to steer clear of all those sins in the future.
What can we do? Churches are closing, sacraments are increasingly hard to come by, so what are we supposed to do? Remember, God is your loving Father. If you feel your heart stirring with compunction, if your eyes are being opened to spiritual realities, if you want time to repent, He has put that desire within you; it’s a sign that His grace is moving your heart. God is on your side!
Last year, following another crisis in the Church, we offered you the Seven Penitential Psalms as a time-honored way of both expressing and fostering that interior conversion we all so desperately need. So here we give it to you again. Soon there will also be videos to lead you in the chaplet of divine mercy, the rosary, and the stations of the cross. Join us in prayer for God’s mercy upon us, our loved ones, and the whole world.
Pray a Novena
Join in praying a video novena led by the Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey.
Join us in praying this powerful novena.
A Prayer for This Time
A selection of reflections
by Fr. Pio Vottola, O.Praem.
Laetare Sunday (2020)
by Fr. Victor Szczurek, O.Praem.
Thirst and Water
by Fr. Pio Vottola, O.Praem.
If You Ask Anything in My Name, I Will Do It
by Fr. Miguel Batres, O.Praem.
Let us join our hearts in prayer…
We can still receive
Spiritual communion allows us to receive many of the same graces as a sacramental communion, if we are well disposed and ardently seek to be united to Jesus and each other in faith, hope, and especially charity.
A Spiritual Communion
A Short Act of Spiritual Communion
Practical Ways to Make a Spiritual Communion
Divine Mercy Chaplet
Jesus, I trust in You.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy calls down mercy upon us and the whole world by offering the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus to His Father in the Holy Spirit. Now, more than ever we need the mercy of God to heal and strengthen us and defeat this virus.
Pray the Rosary
The Holy Rosary is a powerful way to meditate on the mysteries of the life of Jesus and Mary and to receive special graces against evil, like the Coronavirus. In the past, the Holy Rosary helped bring both victory over evil and strength to souls with the power of Jesus Christ through Mary, His Mother.
Video coming soon.
Stations of the Cross
Video Stations of the Cross
During this time of great suffering, we can walk with Jesus Christ and imitate Him with the Stations of the Cross. Jesus seeks to teach us at each station, and He invites us to share in His life, suffering, death, and resurrection.
Video coming soon.
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