A Guide to Isolation and Social Distancing from Those who Know
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A Guide to Isolation and Social Distancing from Those who Know

These online resources are offered to help people live through the coronavirus pandemic. Their special quality is that they don’t come from theories; they all come from those with experience of social distancing or isolation, people who have lived this reality either intentionally like monks and nuns or against their will like hostages or the…

Spiritual Communion: ‘The Fountain of Living Water’ – A Poem by St John of the Cross
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Spiritual Communion: ‘The Fountain of Living Water’ – A Poem by St John of the Cross

There are, of course, a great number of stories which could be recalled in this context. But the story which, for me, most stands out is the story of the imprisonment of the Carmelite poet and mystic St John of the Cross. Captured and taken from his priory, John was forced to live in appalling…

Denis McBride: Palm Sunday Reflections
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Denis McBride: Palm Sunday Reflections

Drawing on his extensive scriptural knowledge, and profound love of art, Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. offers us a reflection for Palm Sunday.

April 4th: St Benedict the African
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April 4th: St Benedict the African

Laybrother. Born in Sicily in 1526, of African slave parents, St Benedict was freed by his owner at a young age. When he was 21 some Franciscan hermits saw him being publicly insulted because of his colour. They were impressed by the dignified and patient way he endured being taunted, and invited to join their…

Corona: Entering into our Own Passion
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Corona: Entering into our Own Passion

One of the cruellest aspects of the Coronavirus pandemic seems to be that, at a time when the consolation of human contact is needed by so many more than ever, it is the very thing that we are asked to forego. What form can love take when deprived of its touch, its immediacy, its flesh…

A Prayer in Times of Self-Isolation: ‘I’m Staying at Home, Lord’
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A Prayer in Times of Self-Isolation: ‘I’m Staying at Home, Lord’

This beautiful prayer was written by an Italian priest who is self-isolating at the moment and very sadly lost his own brother a few days ago to Covid-19…   I’m staying at home, Lord! I’m staying at home, Lord! And today, I realise, you taught me this, remaining obedient to the Father, for thirty years…

The Pope Video April: Liberation from Addictions
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The Pope Video April: Liberation from Addictions

The problem of what are called “new addictions” has a solution, but we must find the way. We need prophetic words and human ingenuity, and we need to do many things. It’s time to liberate ourselves from the addictions that seduce us. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt…

Stations of the Cross: then and now
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Stations of the Cross: then and now

Stations of the Cross – Then and Now by Fr Denis McBride C.S.s.R. In this one hour video the voice and visuals open up new ways of thinking about Jesus’ journey and demonstrate how the passion story, in all its savagery, continues in our own time. The Gospel best comes alive when the story of Jesus…

‘Aqua Fons Vitae’: Major Vatican Document on Water
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‘Aqua Fons Vitae’: Major Vatican Document on Water

Too many sanitation facilities in poor and developing countries do not have adequate access to water for the most basic needs of cleanliness and hygiene. Without clean water, sinks, soaps, toilets and hygiene procedures, billions of patients, care staff and families are placed at risk because there is no foundation or infrastructure for decent, safe,…

Pope Francis: Putting Economy before People would be Viral Genocide
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Pope Francis: Putting Economy before People would be Viral Genocide

In a handwritten letter sent March 28 to Argentine Judge Roberto Andres Gallardo, president of the Pan-American Committee of Judges for Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine, the pope said that some governments that have imposed lockdown measures “show the priority of their decisions: people first.” “This is important because we all know that defending the…

Cardinal Tagle: Call for Covid-19 ‘Jubilee’
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Cardinal Tagle: Call for Covid-19 ‘Jubilee’

“Now we realize that we don’t have enough masks but there are more than enough bullets,” Tagle, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, said in his homily. “We don’t have enough supplies of ventilators but we have millions of pesos, dollars or euros spent on one plane that could attack people,” he…

From Italy: Rinascerò – I’ll be reborn
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From Italy: Rinascerò – I’ll be reborn

This song is from Italy’s most famous band in the 70’s. They have donated the copyrights to Bergamo Hospital. Every click on the video means a gift, because YouTube pays the owner of those copyrights per click. In Bergamo hospital, 800 people died yesterday alone. So share this video as much as possible. Grazie!