Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.John 11:5-6
So when he heard that he was ill,
he remained for two days in the place where he was.
Every time I hear this Gospel passage, one word hits me hard: SO. As in, “for that reason.” Jesus loved His friends, SO He didn’t go to help them right away. He waited to help them because He loved them.
In my weak and clouded mind, that sounds completely contradictory. I want Jesus to swoop in immediately and end suffering right away. But unlike me, God is omniscient. He knows the long-term effects of present events. He knows that some things we suffer for a little while bring about positive change in our lives. And since God is all-loving, He allows that to occur at times.
It’s true in our current coronavirus crisis. It’s true in an unexpected pregnancy situation. It’s true in any trouble that befalls us. God uses difficult and sorrowful circumstances for our ultimate good whenever we put ourselves into His loving care.
Our (now retired) parochial vicar once gave an excellent homily in which he recalled the Apostles hiding away between the day when Jesus ascended into Heaven and the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon them at Pentecost. Fr. Bud said:
At times, we are also locked in our own Upper Room, afraid and confused. Instead of praying, “Lord, get me out of this!” try praying, “Lord, what do you want me to get out of this?”
Now is the perfect time to try, since we’re literally locked in our homes by quarantine and perhaps locked in our mindset by fear.
Dearest Lord, even in our darkest times, please let us trust that You will use our suffering for good if we give it all to You.
Today’s message from Shawn Carney:
Richard and I were up and ready to begin at 7 this morning. We prayed a Scriptural Rosary, Sorrowful Mysteries and prayed with the EWTN Mass. Rose, our Shift Buddy, is continuing to pray furiously for the end of abortion and the end of this virus. Mary Ann, a Christ Our Savior Parishioner, continues to pray with us.
Later we took 2 dozen red roses and showered them on the sidewalk in front of PP downtown. Who was it who recognized what a good way this is to remember the babies whose lives abortion will take today? It feels right. How else to get rid of that terrible feeling of helplessness in the face of so much tragedy!
Someone had already placed rose petals there. A young man was passing and admired the flowers. We gave him a few for a bouquet to take to a loved one … we all love someone enough to take them flowers!
It felt good to be at the sidewalk even for a few minutes with mask and gloves.
Thank you to Kim, Mark, Memorial Park Church, and my family members who joined in offering prayers from our homes to end abortion. May God hear and answer our prayers.
What a beautiful peaceful morning of prayer to our Holy mother! Come Holy Spirit, living in the heart of Mary, thank you for the gift of our loving mother, Mary! Who knew Jesus better than Mary? Makes me wonder who knows a child better than his or her mother.
I prayed again this week next to our 40 Days banners in front of the church (St. Gregory’s) on Rt. 68. Few cars and trucks went by today and most drivers met my eyes. Some waved. It was good to be there! Thank you for the privilege.
I pray all of you stay well and your families… I pray for our clergy and staff and I pray for those contemplating the future of the baby in their wombs. Peace and love to all…
Thank you Lord for my wife and children.
What a beautiful sunny day today! Some members from my church, St Joes, offered to pray from home for our shift. Joyce had the great idea to go to St Mary’s in Herman and do the “drive by” Stations of the Cross that they have outside the church and cemetery. So that’s what we did each staying in our own vehicles and utilizing the same pro-life Stations of the Cross resource. We also stopped our minivans at the last station, which also had the Rachel’s Mourning statue nearby, and prayed a pro-life rosary. Here is a picture (do you spy the bunny?):
We prayed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy utilizing the beautiful video that someone told us about on this blog recently (sorry I forget who but Thank you!). And we prayed the Litany in Response to Abortion down by the Mary statue. Thank you to the Guardians for Life for their wonderful prayers!
Although it’s our last week for this campaign, we can continue our pro-life efforts. We know that many people are still struggling right now. Even more so with some people out of work. Some may be contemplating abortion or having a hard time supplying for the needs of their children. Please consider checking in with your local crisis pregnancy centers and ask them how you might be able to help out. There are things that you may be able to do “from home”. For example, Alpha Omega Center has a client in Chicora and one in Springboro (upper Crawford County) that are in need of supplies esp diapers and wipes. AO is looking for two people who are willing to keep a supply of diaper and wipes (they will supply) on hand so that when AO gives the OK, you are willing to leave a bag on the client’s porch. If you can do this, call them at 724-674-3343. I’m sure other CPCs have ways you can help them out too. If you don’t have the time but you have money or supplies for them, they would be grateful.
You are some of the kindest, most generous and loving people I know. May God bless you all and I pray you have a wonderful Holy Week and Easter Season!
Well, for reasons mostly beyond my control, I didn’t get started until closer to 4 PM today, but I did pray two hours from that point. I started in my room with a rosary, and then went for another walk (getting a little lost at one point) praying both the rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet. Anyone else find it hard to focus on prayer for abortion and have COVID-19 keep floating to the front of your brain as we do this?
Just wanted to send you a few photos of where Mike and I prayed today. This is part of our church grounds. As we were walking down to the church the sun came out! It was beautiful!
My final shift for this Lenten session for 40 Days For Life was like a lot of other things happening these days. It is just very different. Maybe by next session some of the normal will have returned, even though we are praying for change. Imagine if God did end abortion, until he does we keep working and praying for a save. And so we pray at home now. My wife and I did stop by PP for a few prayers in this past week. I concluded my shift with my wife as we called up on EWTN the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, a beautifully sung prayer. Thinking of Claudia and Mary, my shift buddies. God Bless!