CORONA VIRUS – Some nice prayers and thoughts to keep us going !! KEEP SAFE DEAR FRIENDS

‘The Church – showing Solidarity and Compassion in a time of Social distancing’ – Archbishop Eamon Martin

In the midst of all the talk of “social distancing” and “self-isolation”,    I find myself reflecting this weekend on two consoling images from the scriptures: the first is of a good and gentle Shepherd; the second, of a loving and caring Mother.

Read Archbishops Eamon’s Homily for the 4th Sunday in Lent.

‘The Church – showing Solidarity and Compassion in a time of Social distancing’ – Archbishop Eamon Martin

 

HOME WORSHIP RESOURCES:
Resources above for praying the Liturgy at home.
In this challenging time when many of us are unable to attend Mass in person, here’s a great way that you can pray together as a family.
“As Christians, we try to find the connection between challenging times and God’s will. Maybe this is the jolt we needed, individually and as a society, to remind us that life is a fragile gift. The experience may increase our empathy for those for whom anxiety and vulnerability is every day. This week it was reported that the reduced economic activity in China has actually saved between 50-75,000 lives, owing to the reduction in air pollutants over the past three months. Maybe the pandemic will lead humanity to address other serious issues, such as climate change, having shown that a common purpose can only be achieved when all countries work together.”  Dr Ger Condon D A
Prayer Intentions for this Week:
  • For the Church, that it may be a sign of hope in this time of crisis; may all who follow Christ bring the light of his love into the world.
  • For those sick with the Coronavirus; for those who are isolated, or have lost their jobs as a result of the economic crisis, that they may have the help they need to find healing and new life. 
  • For doctors and nurses, that they may be strengthened in their good work as they imitate the goodness of Christ who brought healing to the sick.
  • For scientists who are working on a vaccine and other treatments, that they may have the gift of understanding and wisdom to reach this goal.  
  • On this mothers’ day, we pray with gratitude for all mothers.  Like Mary, the Mother of Jesus, may they see God’s will in all that they do and stand by their children at all times.
  • For those who have died, especially … That they may dwell in God’s house forever

All holy Father, you have shown us your mercy and made us a new creation in the likeness of your Son.  Make us living signs of your love.  Through Christ our Lord.

 

A daily Meditation Exercise.

We encourage you to sit in stillness for ten to fifteen minutes and open your heart to receive God’s gift of the Holy Spirit.

This spiritual exercise will deepen your awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit in your heart and give you confidence that the Spirit will be with you in everything you do to make Christ known.

  1. Centre yourself; sit upright, two feet firmly on the floor; breathe rhythmically with deep breaths, in and out, from the abdomen; clear your mind of all preoccupations.
  2. Bring yourself to bodily stillness.
  3. Now welcome in your heart this gift that Jesus has for you: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” (John 14:27).
  4. Quietly repeat those words of Jesus and hand over to him all worries or trouble.
  5. You may find it helpful if you mention or name to God a specific area where you need healing or forgiveness.
  6. Now be still for some time in the presence of God as you welcome the Holy Spirit into your heart.
  7. As you are about to finish your time of prayer, focus again on your breathing while you relax in God’s presence.
  8. Bring yourself gently back to your daily concerns.

May you receive that peace of Christ each day.

Exercise excerpt taken from Talking about Jesus £4.95

 

School Resources
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NI RE RESOURCES
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For lesson materials check out
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Co Louth School RE Resources:
Ciara Dunne from Veritas has been in touch to say that the second volume (second of two) in the Soulseekers series for Junior Cycle RE is in production for next September.  The current Volume 1 is for 1st Years; ( I left a copy for you in your school) the new book will be for years 2 and 3.  Soulseekers fulfils the criteria for Junior Cycle RE set out by the new NCCA specification.  It is also rooted in the Catholic tradition and is especially suited to Catholic schools.  Veritas is offering free access to the online element of the programme to teachers who make contact with Ciara  (ciara.dunne@veritas.ie or on 0857564689).  Ciara will answer your queries and forward you an access code which will allow you review the excellent https://soulseekers.ie/  website.
Ger Condon kindly sent me this    Thanks a million Ger :
Crises carry within the seeds of opportunity and conversion:

1.  While “social-distancing” and “self-isolation” sound negative, they can be interpreted positively, as ways of coming home to ourselves.  We can spend more time in reflection and prayer, and thinking about our priorities. 

2.  “Wash your hands”   – as you do so say one Hail Mary

3.  Churches remain open – make visiting the church part of your new routine.

4.  Learn a new skill or revive an old hobby: a language, a musical instrument, or perfect a new signature dish for the family table.

5.  More time for reading?  Dust off that book on theology or religious education you had been meaning to “tolle, lege”; “Take up and read” (Augustine)

6.  Spend more time in your garden and in the great outdoors.  Recognise the face of the Creator in the beauty of creation. 

7.  Spring-clean and declutter– donate what you do not need to charity.  

 
Prayer Intentions:

1.  For people around the world, as we come to terms with the Coronavirus – for the victims that they will quickly recover, and for the doctors, nurses and support staff that the Lord will strengthen their good work and keep them safe. 

3.  For people who thirst for love and for purpose in their lives.  May they see in Jesus the living water of God’s presence; giving them new heart and purpose.  

4.  For our school or parish, particularly for the vulnerable and elderly people of our district; that we may look out for one another and support those who are most in need.  

5.  We pray for those who have died.  We remember …  may they be raised to new life in God’s kingdom of peace and mercy. 

Bon Mot: If you cannot do great things, do little things with great love. (Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

Paidir tradisiúnta:  Dia idir sinn agus an t-olc. 

Powerful reflection by Sr Maud Murphy entitled  ” The Challenge of Corona ” Download below
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Dr Kieran O’Mahony from tarsus.ie has started putting up short talks on the Sunday Scripture readings via Zoom technology.

https://zoom.us/rec/play/65Yuc72u-Do3G9TEuASDA_UsW9W5J_qsgHJK-KBczEu9WncLZlamN7oQZuUhc5XjzGDo7EN3KjkT5sHF?autoplay=true&startTime=1584524379000       

Attached also is his weekly Lenten resources with lots of interesting links.

Another recent online resource that some people have found useful for joining in to prayer with others on-line is the Taize Community each evening at 7.30 live at  https://www.facebook.com/taize/

🌈 🌍🎵🌷 ❤💚🧡💛💙 🌷🎵🌎🌈
The most beautiful words I’ve heard yet to inspire & fill your lungs with love. ❤
“Yes, there is fear.
Yes, there is isolation.
Yes, there is panic buying.
Yes, there is sickness.
Yes, there is even death.
But….
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again. 🎶
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.🌷
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.🌈
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary😇
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way🌍
All over the world, people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.❤
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.🙏
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.❤
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing. 🎵
Brother Richard Hendrick, OFM
( Capuchin Franciscan Monk )
March 13th 2020
Stay safe everyone 💜🙏💜
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POPE FRANCIS PRAYS TO MARY, Health of the Sick ….

The Pope offered a prayer to the Virgin Mary on Wednesday afternoon, in a video message to mark the Diocese of Rome’s day of prayer and fasting for the coronavirus emergency.

The video was broadcast at the opening of a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the diocesan vicar, at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Divine Love near Rome.

In his prayer, Pope Francis calls Mary “Health of the Sick”, adding that she kept her faith firm as she stood near the Cross as Jesus suffered.

“You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need. We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.”

The Pope also said we seek refuge under Our Lady’s protection, knowing that she will help us “conform ourselves to the Father’s will”.

An English-language translation of the Pope’s prayer is below:

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.

At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,

with steadfast faith.

You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.

We are certain that you will provide, so that,

as you did at Cana of Galilee,

joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,

to conform ourselves to the Father’s will

and to do what Jesus tells us:

He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,

through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.

Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

AMEN

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Watch video

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Irish Episcopal Conference Prayers

When we cannot attend Mass, we can still make an Act of Spiritual Communion, in which we express our faith in Christ and in His Presence in the Eucharist, and ask Him to unite Himself with us. The basic elements of an Act of Spiritual Communion are an Act of Faith; an Act of Love; a desire to receive Christ; and an invitation to Him to come into your heart. There are various popular prayers to accompany an Act of Spiritual Communion, eg:

My Jesus,

I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you.

Never permit me to be separated from you.

Amen.

 

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Extract from Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

Christ with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ in me,

Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ on my right,

Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down,

Christ when I sit down,

Christ when I arise,

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

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Memorare      

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,

implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence,

I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.

To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,

despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer.  Amen.

 

15.03.2020

So beautiful from Pope Francis:
“Tonight before falling asleep
think about when we will return to the street.
When we hug again,
when all the shopping together will seem like a party.
Let’s think about when the coffees will return to the bar, the small talk, the photos close to each other.
We think about when it will be all a memory but normalcy will seem an unexpected and beautiful gift.
We will love everything that has so far seemed futile to us. Every second will be precious.
Swims at the sea, the sun until late, sunsets, toasts, laughter.
We will go back to laughing together.
Strength and courage.
See you soon! “#Papafrancesco
#restateacasa #pope #popefrancis ❤🙏

 

Hope and Love.  Four Candles.  ( Not the Fork handles joke !! )

 

 

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