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Pray with us!

05 Nov 2020

Every day, at the end of our 8 o’clock mass, our community is praying for the difficulties brought about by the Covid19. We use the following prayer. Unite with us and pray:

Prayer in the time of Covid-19

God, almighty Creator and our Father.
You take no pleasure in destroying the living,
but you created everything for existence.

In your loving plan even the virus has a place.
Help us to welcome this pandemic
as an opportunity for growth.

Welcome all the dead into your Kingdom,
give peace to those who die abandoned and in distress,
comfort those who mourn for their loved ones
and heal the sick.

Grant wisdom to the rulers
and a sense of responsibility to us citizens.
Support the health workers with your strength
and give wisdom to the scientists
in search of treatments and vaccines.
Let the economic crisis be addressed
with solidarity and justice.

Do not let our fears and our selfishness
win in this time of trial,
but increase in us the fruits of your Spirit.

We ask you this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

You can find the prayer in PDF format here:
Prayer in the time of Covid-19

What do you care? You follow me!

by Benedek Rácz

War. Just over 1,000 kilometers away from me. In the neighborhood of my homeland. While I stand here in Genoa, in the chapel and pray for peace, I plead for lives. My desires would lead me to help concretely where the pain rages. “Lord, you would do this too, wouldn’t you? You would go there and sit here doing nothing?”. But no. It is not that simple. Jesus in his earthly life was not a problem-solving machine. Only after allowing a few days to pass did he leave to heal – by then already to raise – Lazarus (Jn 11:6) and he did not run to save the men who had been crushed by the tower of Siloe, although he was aware of what had happened (Lk 13:4). Jesus often acts in a way that makes no human sense. His actions were pleasing not to men, but always to the Father. “Only” this is my duty, that I may hear, and that I may be ready and diligent to fulfill his will. (cf. Spiritual Exercises 91)

By praying day after day I am more and more certain that I am a Jesuit religious in the Father’s dream. His will is that I be formed here in Genoa in the Novitiate. As high as the heavens are above the earth, and as high as his ways above our ways and his thoughts above our thoughts, so much must I trust the Father, believing that my prayers are the best and the most I can do for peace (cf. Is 55:9). It is a shattering experience to put my whole being in his hands every day, accepting that his will now is that I do nothing humanly concrete, and being ready if tomorrow he calls me to get up, leave the novitiate and go help under the bombs. It is a shocking experience, but anyone who has already experienced the power of this relationship and met the attractive figure of Jesus knows that this is how it is.

So every day I accept all my weaknesses, my powerlessness, and every day I rejoice when I can see how God has used me as an instrument of his love, that is, how this little reality that I am has become enough and a gift.

Benedek Rácz

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