Franciscan Peace amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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“Uncertainty of the coronavirus can play into our anxiety because it threatens our brain’s sense of security. Our sense of safety and the expectations of our safety, and our world is threatened. It’s important to guard against irrational thoughts. Society is so great at “catastrophizing” which is thinking the worst possible outcome will happen.”

“If you catch yourself falling into these fears, remember to keep up with the current information, but don’t overload. Look for balance, activities that spark joy instead of fear and keep washing your hands! As Franciscans we look to the peace of the Lord that was promised us! It is a gift that no one else can give to you. Peace is a gift before it becomes a task. Saint Bonaventure recalls, “At the beginning and end of every sermon Francis announced peace; in every greeting, he wished for peace.” Peace is not an idea. Peace is not a political movement, not a theory or a dogma. Peace is a way of life: living mindfully in the present moment.”

“So keep informed, keep yourself safe and above all keep praying and may the peace of the Lord that surpasses all understanding be yours. Pax et Bonum!”

Kelly Otero, OFS

Kelly Otero OFS, is Minister of St. Maximilian Kolbe Fraternity, DeBary, Florida, and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner