News
A Meditation for the Anxious During Covid-19

March 16, 2020 — Become aware of your breath.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Bring your breathing under control. It’s hard. We’re in uncertain times, uncharted waters. Our breaths might be short, panicked. We may have forgotten to breathe all together.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Slowly, read Psalm 46:11: “Be still and know that I am God!” God is speaking to you. How do you respond?

Be still and know that I am God.

God of all people, my faith is tested during this time of pandemic. Your houses of prayer and worship stand empty: Can we gather together without contracting disease? Can the most vulnerable members of our human family — the elderly, the sick — come to pray without fear?

The answer to these questions, it seems, is no.

Be still and know that I am.

God, I know that you are here, even if I sit alone in my home. Just as you appeared to Moses in the burning bush, you appear to us now, in surprising, unsettling ways.

I may not find you where I expect you — my community, the Mass, the Eucharist — but give me eyes to find you in new places: livestreams, Facetime and quiet solitude.

Be still and know.

God of the sick, God of the vulnerable, give me clarity to see through the noise and clutter. Grant me serenity that I may have a level head with which to weigh the information I am given. Sustain me with fortitude that I may have the courage to learn all I need to know about this disease that plagues our world.

I do not want to give in to fear, panic, hysteria. But I do want to make good decisions, for myself, my community and my world. Help me to do so.

Be still.

I know that I have to change my daily life, my daily routine. I know that I can no longer come and go as I wish. In this Lenten season, remind me of the spiritual significance of fasting: setting things aside to make room for you, God, and for the common good. Give me a spirit of fasting as I confront this disease.

May I see these moments of stillness — moments that I am not out at bars, restaurants, events and activities — as opportunities to encounter you. And as my small yet important contribution to the common good of our world.

Be.

I feel as though there is so little I can do to bring about an end to this crisis. Grant me the wisdom to simply be, to sit, to rest, to watch and to trust that your hand is at work, guiding and protecting medical professionals, scientists, first responders and government officials, as well as my neighbors, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Amen.


Eric Clayton is a senior communications manager at the Jesuit Conference. He is an adjunct professor of Mass Communication at Towson University, and has worked with numerous faith-based organizations, including Catholic Relief Services, Maryknoll Lay Missioners and the Sisters of Bon Secours.





Recent News

March 24, 2020 — Today marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination and martyrdom of St. Oscar Romero, renowned archbishop of San Salvador and outspoken advocate for justice during El Salvador’s civil war.

March 23, 2020 - Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic that is currently taking place in our country and throughout the world, we are cancelling the 2020 Jesuits GALA in Boston. Read a letter from USA Northeast Jesuit Province Provincial Fr. John Cecero, SJ, on this difficult decision.

March 18, 2020 - Fr. Fred Betti, SJ, associate pastor at St. Michael’s Church in Buffalo shared some photos of the restored statue of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, SJ, (patron of young people and of victims of epidemics) that sits in the church.

March 18, 2020 - As the world continues to make sense of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have collected some resources that you can use during this tumultuous time.

March 16, 2020 - Last week Fr. Dennis Baker, SJ, president of Xavier High School in Micronesia announced that the school would be closing early and that students would be sent home. Read an update from Fr. Baker on how to help support the staff and teachers.

The Maryland Province Jesuits have endorsed a new Cristo Rey Catholic high school in the Research Triangle area of Raleigh, NC.

March 6, 2020 — In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, women reflect on their work with the global Society of Jesus and what it means, as a woman, to work in a Jesuit institution.

view all news

Search news







Campion Renewal Center
Campion Renewal Center, situated 20 miles west of Boston, is located in a peaceful setting that provides plenty of walking trails through the woods and fields.