We are in the midst of a global health crisis, requiring unprecedented social distancing: orders to stay at home; the closing of schools and public venues including restaurants, museums and theaters; cancellation of large events, gatherings and liturgical celebrations; restrictions on travel and visitation of loved ones at their birth and their death. It is uncertain how long this “new normal” will continue and the long-term impact it will have on so many levels.
As women religious living in community and “sent to make Christ visible by our very being,” we are challenged to help each other and those we serve while keeping our distance. How can we “be women of peace, hope and love” and ease the anxiety, the fear, the heartbreak and the loneliness without being present in person? As “educators in all we do and are,” what lessons are we learning from this situation and how can we share those lessons?
We offer the following reflections as a source of encouragement and support in the spirit of oneness with our God and with one another as all humanity copes with this global pandemic.
Mentors for life during COVID-19: Mom, Dad and Merton by Sister Judy Best
As you were by Sister Frances Wessel
The power of prayer and forgiveness by Sister Mary B. Odundo
Sharing our hope and our love by Sister Joan Mukhwana
Hunger pains by Sister Mary Kay Brooks
A surprise to the human race by Sister Vera Owoh
Fractured and torn by Sister Kathleen Storm
The Silver Web by Sister Pat Lange
SSND during the time of the Spanish flu by Michele Levandoski, Archivist
New discovery, new beginning by the SSND Akwanga Community
Everything is a gift by Sister Lynne Schmidt
No favorites by Sister Sarah Tanjo
A Promise of Tomorrow by Sister Paulina Raymond
We are Easter people by Sister Debra Sciano
Forest bathing – for your health and right relationship with nature by Sister Jeanne Wingenter
Quarantine by Sister Patricia Lange
Oración en Tiempo de Coronavirus translated by Sister Rose Ann Ficker
Give us this day our daily bread by the Central Pacific Provincial Council
Jesus cried out in a loud voice by Sister Charmaine Krohe
The New Abnormal by Sister Maureen Clancy
Living well through this extraordinary Lent by Eileen McGartland, RN (SSND Wellness Staff)
What If? by Sister Ann Coleman
Laetare Sunday: Pent-Up Joy by Sister Francine Koehler
A Visit from Persona Fear by Sister Mary Helen Stokes
Pandemic at the Mount by Sister Lillia Langreck
Coronavirus by Sister Mary Fitzgerald
Witnessing to unity in a time of challenge by SSND Shalom – North America
Please visit the Central Pacific Province page for more COVID-19 updates.