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Monday, April 27

Monday, April 27

USCCB Response to Coronavirus 
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): 

With the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, we are confronted once more with the fragility of our lives, and again we are reminded of our common humanity; that the peoples of this world are our brothers and sisters, that we are all one family under God. 

God does not abandon ushe goes with us even now in this time of trial and testing. In this moment, it is important for us to anchor our hearts in the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. Now is the time to intensify our prayers and sacrifices for the love of God and the love of our neighbor. Let us draw closer to one another in our love for him and rediscover the things that truly matter in our lives. 

United with our Holy Father Pope Francis, let us pray in solidarity for our brothers and sisters here and around the world who are sick. Let us pray for those who have lost loved ones to this virus. May God console them and grant them peace. 

We pray also for doctors, nurses, and caregivers, for public health officials and all civic leaders. May God grant them courage and prudence as they seek to respond to this emergency with compassion and in service to the common good. 

Let us Pray 

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 and making their rent. 
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children at when their schools close 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 for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home. 
As fear grips our country, let us choose faith. 
And during this time when we may not be able to physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. 
Amen.

~ Fr. Michael Graham, S.J. 

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