Columban Response to Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Pandemic has spread across the world, leaving uncertainty in its wake. Like everyone else, Columban missionaries are adapting to life during this crisis. Below are reflections, prayers and stories of Columban missionaries as they respond to life's challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.



April 13, 2020

It is Holy Saturday here in Pakistan. It is very warm. In a few hours we will have the celebration of the beautiful Paschal Vigil Ceremony here in the little prayer room at the Joti Catechetical Centre in Mirpurkhas. Around 12 people will attend who will observe social distance. Little did I think that I would be sending Easter greetings from

April 13, 2020

“This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad.” 
Sometimes it is difficult to pray that wonderful prayer.  
That may be true for many of us during this time
of isolation and fear of the virus. 

April 13, 2020

Lord we remember that after the Resurrection
your disciples spent time isolated in the upper room. 
They felt the loss of your presence. 
They were afraid of what they could not control. 
Sometimes we feel like that because of the virus

April 13, 2020

Lord, this year we may not have been able
to celebrate your Resurrection as we would have wanted. 
But we are reminded that your Resurrection
came after much suffering. 
Help us to accept our anxiety and suffering
during the time of this virus so that we might

April 13, 2020

Towards the middle of March, when the entire island of Luzon in the Philippines was declared under community quarantine to control the spread of COVID-19, I was in my hometown — a small municipality in northern Luzon. There, the people were experiencing a lot of anxiety in the face of uncertainty about the impact of 

April 9, 2020

Lord you are kind and merciful. 
You forgive us. 
You are always available to welcome us back
after we have failed. 
It is not easy sometimes to offer kindness or mercy
or to forgive others when we have been offended. 

April 9, 2020

Lord sometimes when we are frustrated or angry
we can be unkind to those we love the most. 
This can be especially true during this time of stress
and anxiety brought on by the corona virus. 
So we call upon your name to help us
to control our own anxiety.  

April 9, 2020

Lord show me how to be strong and patient
in this time of difficulty. 
We have been challenged to live separated
from our loved ones. 
We are asked to sacrifice our freedom
to move around as we might like. 
We remember that in your time of trial

April 9, 2020

Lord in our present suffering from the coronavirus we call to you. 
You have delivered us from our fears in the past. 
Please hear us in this special time of anxiety. 
But we are confident that even in this time you are watching over us. 

April 8, 2020

Dear Jesus,
I thank you from my heart
for the health and safety of my children.
It feels so good to see them full of life and happiness.
They are so precious to me and I want them to be safe and well.
We are now keeping ‘social distance’ from other people


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