Thursday, March 12, 2020



Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages
 “curing every disease and illness.” At your command,
 the sick were made well. Come to our aid now,
 in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus,
 that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus.
 May they regain their strength and health
 through quality medical care.

Heal us from our fear, which prevents
 nations from working together and 
neighbors from helping one another.

Heal us from our pride, which can 
make us claim invulnerability to a 
disease that knows no borders.

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by 
our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with those who have died from the virus.
 May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.

Be with the families of those who are sick 
or have died. As they worry and grieve, 
defend them from illness and despair.
 May they know your peace.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers 
and all medical professionals who
 seek to heal and help those affected 
and who put themselves at risk in the process.
 May they know your protection and peace.

Be with the leaders of all nations. 
Give them the foresight to act with charity
 and true concern for the well-being 
of the people they are meant to serve. 
Give them the wisdom to invest in
 long-term solutions that will help
 prepare for or prevent future outbreaks.
 May they know your peace, as they work 
together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, 
surrounded by many people suffering
 from this illness or only a few, 
Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure
 and mourn, persist and prepare. 
In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ, heal us.

Amen !

from Kerry Weber -  
executive editor for "America Magazine"