Fr. Cano is the General Minister of the Third Order Regular.
Dear Father, Almighty Healer and Physician, we bring our fears, anxiety and petitions to you during this outbreak of coronavirus. Please restore our inner peace so that we can be a shining light to those stuck in the darkness.
And let us pray for:
+ All those who have the virus and fear the outcome, may they find their peace in you.
+ All the medical staff who cannot work from home but need to be in the ‘trenches’ taking care of the sick, may they have the stamina and good health to continue to serve.
+ For all the working parents who are suddenly faced with their childrens’ schools being closed. Help them to find a solution that does not impact their earnings too greatly.
+ For all those who are worried, please grant them the peace to get through this time.
+ For all those working extra hours to provide more test kits, masks and sanitizer, shower them with the ability to keep up their difficult schedule.
+ And for all the rest of us, please help us make good decisions about where we go and when to stay home, what supplies we buy and how much/many, and most especially keep us calm and filled with Your grace so that we are able to reach out to others in need.
We ask these things through the Sacred Heart of Your Son, Jesus.
May we be open to Your Ministering to us so that we are equipped to minister to others.
“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
Click HERE to see the letter by Jan Parker OFS, our National Minister.