My Thoughts on 14/05/2020

Pope Francis invites us to make today, 14th May, of prayers, fasting and work of charity uniting ourselves following the initiative of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity. We are invited, with all people faith and people of good will to implore God to help humanity in overcoming the pandemic caused by the coronavirus.

While we reaffirm the role of medicine and scientific research in fighting this pandemic, we should not forget to seek refuge in God, as we face this severe crisis.

Here is a prayer you might want to use.

Lord Jesus Christ, healer and friend,
come and care for all of us
through the danger and uncertainty
of the coronavirus epidemic.
To people who are sick, bring healing.
To people who are displaced, isolated,
or cut off from family, friends or work,
bring comfort and companionship.
Work with medical staff as they care for the sick,
and protect them from harm.
Give skill and fruitful research to scientists
as they search for treatments, prevention and a cure.
To public health authorities, give wisdom
to decide the best ways to manage
both this crisis and our anxieties.
When communities are fearful,
give a calm spirit, and kindness to neighbours and strangers.
Through this testing time,
and through all the risks we face together,
teach us once again how we can love one another
as you have loved us. Amen.

Canon Father Anthony Charlton
Canon Father Anthony CharltonParish Priest