When the just cry out, the LORD hears them, and from all their distress he rescues them.

Monday, we celebrated my wife’s birthday; today we celebrate my daughter Mary’s.  Nothing says birthday festival more than a Friday in Lent, confined to home by the Corona Virus!!!

This morning is the first time my patience is being tested working from home.  I tried logging onto my work computer to respond to emails and get some work done but it won’t recognize my sign in password.  So, I’ve been on “hold” with the Corporate IT team waiting for them to unlock my computer.  Say a prayer that my computer doesn’t “fly” off my desk in the near future.

I need to offer up these frustrations knowing that so many people in this world would love to have this small problem in comparison to what some of them are dealing with.  I was texting all my friends over the past couple of days to see how everyone was doing and one of my friends noted that a colleague of his (one who I know) had contracted the virus and was not doing well.  Up until that point, this virus was a distant nuisance that only inconvenienced me but knowing that someone I know has this virus it kind of brings it closer to home.  So rather than me pontificating about what the readings mean to me today, I would rather just take some time to pray for all of the people who are truly impacted by this virus.  Let’s all pray for those who are sick, those who are working the front lines – the doctors, the nurses, the grocery store workers, the grub-hub drives; those who are in government facing decisions well above my pay grade.

For all those fighting this virus:

Hail Mary, full of grace.
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

For an end to this virus:

Hail Mary, full of grace.
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

For the leaders of our Country (and those of other Countries):

Hail Mary, full of grace.
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Do something great for our Lord today – believe in Him and His great love for us.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.

Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us so that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

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