Praying the Stations of the Cross
On Fridays in Lent, the IHM Sisters prayed the Stations of the Cross. “We enter into the sufferings and passion of our Lord Jesus Christ and we bring our sorrows, crosses and suffering in this prayer,” said Sister Mary Henrich, IHM, vice president for mission and ministry.
Lord Jesus, Pope Francis has reminded us to fix our eyes on your outstretched arms on the cross. Help us all to realize the great love you have for each one of us.
Help us to look around to those with whom we are in isolation. What needs of theirs have we neglected? What needs do we have that need to be voiced?
Raise us up when our spirits are down and our hearts are broken.
The campus is eerily quiet, and yet we believe we are not alone. We as an Immaculata family are there with and for one another. Help us in our feelings of loneliness to remember the family you have given us on this campus.
Reflections from Sister Mary: Take Your Fears to God
Turn to God and cry out your longings, hopes and worries. In your prayer, share what you are feeling and experiencing. Be honest. God meets you where you are.
The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Let us trust that God is present in this moment.
“Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day. He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.” —St. Francis de Sales
Take your fears to God in prayer. Recall times when you made it through a difficult situation. Apply what you learned from that to our new normal today.
Resources for Prayer, Reflection and Hope
- Pray As You Go – Daily guided prayer sessions
- Sacred Space – Praying Through Coronavirus
- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia – Pastoral and Temporal Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Aleteia – Spirituality resources and articles
Since everyone has left campus, the Office of Mission and Ministry decided to donate supplies from the IU Cares Food Cupboard to others who are trying to keep up with greater demand. We donated a car trunk full of food to the Dorothy Day Center at St. Agnes Parish in West Chester, and we took the remainder of our food to Chester County Food Bank. Volunteers at both places were so grateful.
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