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A Prayer for a Pandemic

God of light

and God of mystery,

give us the faith to see you

in the grey dimness

of this time.

Give us the heart to hear,

in the silence of the sick,

the call to care for those

in pain.

Give us the courage

to find you

where you do not now

appear to be.

Give us the trust it takes

to make our way

through this uncertainty,

this fear,

this seemingly irredeemable sense of limitless loss

to the recognition

of the relentless hope

that each seasonal cycle

of life

confirms in us.

You who made all things

for our good and our growth

show us, too, now

the power of darkness

so that we might see newly—

beyond the ephemeral—

to what are really

the gloriously important things

in life.


— Joan Chittister, OSB