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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Act of Confidence in God

O sweet and tender Providence of my God! into thy hands I commend my spirit; to thee I abandon my hopes and fears, my desires and repugnances, my temporal and eternal prospects. To thee I commit the wants of my perishable body; to thee I commit the more precious interests of my immortal soul, for whose lot I have nothing to apprehend whilst I withdraw it not from Thy bosom. Though my faults are many, my misery great, my spiritual poverty extreme, my hope in thee surpasses all; it is superior to my weakness, greater than my difficulties, stronger than death.

Though temptations should assail me, I will hope in thee; though I should sink beneath my weakness, I will hope in thee still; though I should break my resolutions, I will look to thee confidently for grace to keep them at last. Though thou shouldst kill me, even then will I trust in thee; for thou art my Father, my God, the support of my salvation. thou art my kind, my tender and indulgent Parent, and I am thy loving child who cast myself into thy arms, and beg thy blessing; who put my trust in thee, and so trusting shall not be confounded. Amen. (Bl Claud de la Colmbiere)

The Covid19 pandemic is impacting and changing the lives of everyone, young or old, healthy or sick. The government is urging a stay at home, self-isolate policy and the Catholic Bishop’ Conference of England and Wales is stopping daily and Sunday Masses from Friday March 20 until further notice. The virus is also impacting on the other sacraments too – baptisms, weddings and confession have been curtailed for the time being, as social distancing and self-isolation, are ways of combating this terrible pandemic which is sweeping the world.

We are social animals who aren’t created to be alone – indeed, as the authors of the book of Genesis noted, ‘It is not good for man to be alone’ (Genesis 1). However, as the sage said, there is a time for everything under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3) and so now is a time to retreat, to withdraw, to reduce our social contact and to be still and to know that God is God. It is providential and part of God’s plan this year is dedicated to a renewed appreciation and understanding of the role of Sacred Scriptures in our lives. We access the Bible, this great jewel of faith, through the gift of reading. Our self-imposed exile can be a God given opportunity to renew our faith, pray a little more and grow in faith by reading and reflecting.

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A MOMENT TO PONDER THE POSITIVES…

Attenborough’s wonderful world – this short film presents David Attenborough’s unique and beautiful take on natural history highlights © BBC

#weremember – Amid all of the chaos created by the Coronavirus on a global scale, The Social Co wanted to create a video of positivity and togetherness of the times we want to remember during this unprecedented period. © The Social Co.

An Easter reflection by Deacon Sean Loone, author of Born for Us

The Joy of the Gospel – a short reflection on the life of St John Paul II
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