"Encounter Jesus, Engage Disciples, Evangelize the World"
Pope Francis is asking the Church to join him at 11 am on March 27th for a special prayer. During the prayer, the Holy Father will grant to all participants a Plenary Indulgence before imparting his Urbi et Orbi blessing.
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As more Catholics around the world find themselves unable to receive the Eucharist due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Pope Francis, in his homily on the 4th Sunday of Lent, provided an example of a spirutal communion prayer that can be said from home.
"My Jesus, I believe that You are present in teh most Holy Sacrament if the altar. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You in my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You are already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never prevent me to separated from You."
The Pope concluded his homily, stressing that prayer must begin with humility, "When we begin praying with our own justification, with our own securities, that is not prayer. That is like speaking to a mirror, when we begin praying with our true reality - I am a siner - this is a good step forward in allowing the Lord to look at us. May Jesus teach us this."
Emergencies and Charity: A Reflection by Cardinal Tagle
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
We are faced with an emergency due to the coronavirus 19. An emergency, from the Latin word "emergere," refers to an unforeseen occurence that rises before us and requires attention. Emergencies are not new to us. Every year we experience earthquakes, typhoons, floods, drought, and diseases. But they are often confined to a limited place and people. The current COVID-19 emergency is called pandemic, from the two Greek words: "pan," meaning all and "demos," meaning "people or population." A pandemia affects all or nearly all people, We can say that the COVID-19 is a general or universal emergency. It affects nearly all of us. It invites a response from all of us.
During emergencies, we instinctively think first of ourselves, our families and the people close to us. We will do anything within our means to protect them. While this reaction is basically good, we should be careful so that we do not end up thinking only of ourselves. We should avoid fear from making us blind to the needs of other people, those needs that are the same as ours. We should prevent anxiety from killing genuine concern for neighbours. In an emergency, the true heart of a person also emerges. From an emergency that affects all people (pandemia), we hope to see a pandemic emergence of caring, compassion and love. An emergency crisis that erupts unexpectedly can be addressed only by an equal "eruption" of hope.. a pandemic spread of a virus must produce a pandemic "contagion" of charity. History will judge our generation by the power of selfless love that this common emergency will have generated and spread or will have failed to do so. We thank the heroic people whose love and courage have already been a source of healing and hope these past weeks.
Experts say that we should wash our hands to avoid being contaminated by the virus and avoid spreading it. At the trial of Jesus, Pontius Pilate "called for water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, declaring as he did, 'I am innocent of the blood of this just man. The responsibility is yours'" (Matthew 27:24). We should wash our ahnds, but not the way Pilate did. We cannot wash our hands of our responsibility towards the poor, the elderly, the unemployed, the refugees, the homeless, the health providers, indeed all people, creation and future generations. We pray through the power of the Holy Spirit, genuine love for all may emerge from all human hearts as we face a common emergency.