Loreto Clonmel

Prayer and Reflection

Written on 23/03/2020


A Prayer during the Pandemic

May we, who are merely inconvenienced, remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we, who have no risk factors, remember those most vulnerable.

May we, who have the luxury of working from home, remember those who must choose between preserving their health or paying their rent.

May we, who have flexibility to care for our children when their school closed, remember those who have no options.

May we, who have to cancel our trips, remember those who have no safe place to go.

May we, who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.

May we, who settle in to a quarantine at home, remember those who have no home at all.

As fear grips out country, let us choose faith hope and love

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.

Amen.

Reflection

This is the time to be slow,

Lie low to the wall

Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let

The wire brush of doubt

Scrape from your heart

All sense of yourself

And your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,

Time will come good;

And you will find your feet

Again on fresh pastures of promise,

Where the air will be kind

And blushed with beginning.

JOHN O'DONOHUE