Confraternity of Penitents Newsletter -- April 2020

MESSAGE FROM BISHOP KEVIN RHOADES: TRUTH IN CHARITY

‘May Jesus, the light of the world, lead us on’

The following homily was given by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades March 22, 2020, on the Fourth Sunday of Lent, during a livestreamed Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne. Reproduced with Bishop’s permission.

How strange it is to celebrate Sunday Mass in an empty cathedral. Yet, I am keenly aware that, though physically separated, we are spiritually together through our prayer, our faith and our love. And at this Mass, we are connected online. Thank you for spiritually connecting to this Mass, which I offer for all the people of our diocese.

Together we walk in the dark valley of the coronavirus pandemic, but we walk by faith, faith in the care of God, our Good Shepherd. We prayed in the Responsorial psalm: “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.” With faith, we pray with the psalmist: “Even though I walk in the dark valley, I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage.” The courage of faith! May the Holy Spirit give that courage to all of us during this time. May this courage of faith sustain all those who are sick, all those who are worried, all those who are hurting!

Today’s Gospel of the healing of the man born blind teaches us much about faith. It is the story of a simple and sincere man who was blind from birth and about his journey of faith. At first, he encountered Jesus as a “man” among others. When the people asked him “How were your eyes opened?”, he simply replied, “The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’” Later, when some of the Pharisees interrogating him said that Jesus was not from God and was a sinner because He violated the Sabbath, the blind man objected and said that “Jesus is a prophet.” His faith was growing. The Pharisees then continued to interrogate him, insisting that Jesus was a sinner. With courage, the blind man responded: “If this man were not from God, he would not be able to do anything.”

Notice how the blind man’s faith was growing, first referring to Jesus as a man, then as a prophet, and then as a man from God. Hearing this, the Pharisees threw him out of the synagogue. When Jesus heard about this, He went to find the blind man and, when He did, Jesus asked him: “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” This is the moment when the blind man’s eyes were truly opened. He was given spiritual vision. He was able to see with the eyes of faith and thus called Jesus “Lord.” He said to Jesus: “I do believe, Lord.” His faith had grown to the point that, as the Gospel tells us, he then worshipped Jesus.

What a beautiful story of growth in faith! The man who was healed of his physical blindness was also cured of spiritual blindness. His eyes were opened by faith. Sadly, the Pharisees remained in spiritual darkness. They were spiritually blind and would not open their eyes, their minds, or their hearts to Jesus, the light of the world.

We who were enlightened by Christ at our Baptism can be tempted to return to spiritual darkness, to be spiritually blind like the Pharisees. This happens when our hearts become hardened to the truth of the Gospel, when we are blinded, for example, by selfishness. We need to ask the Lord to cure us from the darkness of sin and pride. The Pharisees suffered from spiritual blindness. They were blind to the Holy Spirit. They had the externals of religion but lacked the spirit of Jesus’ love. They were also blind to the suffering and pain right before their eyes. They refused to rejoice in the healing of the blind man. They were blinded by their fixation on the law and Jesus healing on the Sabbath. How easily we can be blinded by legalism and forget or ignore the very heart of Jesus’ life and teaching, which is love.

This past week, the Rector of the shrine at Lourdes in France, was asked about the anger of some people who objected to the closing of the shrine and of churches throughout Europe. He responded that “the first duty of a faithful Catholic is charity, which means we don’t put other people in danger.” He said: “We cannot stand next to each other, in order to avoid spreading the virus, so if the sanctuary became a place where these protection rules were broken, then we wouldn’t be respecting this imperative of charity. It is as simple as that.”

Though our churches here are not closed — at this time, people can still come and pray before the Blessed Sacrament — but we cannot gather together for Mass. This is really fulfilling our duty of charity, so that we don’t put people in danger and we can help stop the spread of the coronavirus. I was thinking: isn’t this what the Holy Eucharist teaches us? The Eucharist is the sacrament of charity. Though one cannot receive the Eucharist at this time, one can live the Eucharist! We do so by our love, by not doing things that would hurt others by spreading the virus, by following, not ignoring, the directives of our health care experts. We do so by our prayers during these weeks for all those who are sick and suffering from the virus, for those who have died and for their families and loved ones. We do so by our prayers and support for our doctors, nurses, and health care workers. We do so by our reaching out with love to those who are afraid, who are alone, and who are in need.

This is the time to truly live our faith, to live the Eucharist which we have been so privileged to be nourished by throughout our lives. We must not be spiritually blind like the Pharisees, or shortsighted, self-centered, thinking only of ourselves. This is a time in which, by God’s grace, our faith can grow deeper by our prayers and our charity and our families can grow closer with more time at home together. Let us trust that Jesus our Savior illuminates all that is dark in life. He leads us to live as “children of the light.” As we heard in the reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: “Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.”

Finally, I end this homily with words of the recently canonized saint, Cardinal John Henry Newman, words of a beautiful hymn that he wrote before he became Catholic, in a time of great distress in his life, asking God for light when he was lonely, confused, and very sick. “Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom, Lead thou me on; The night is dark, and I am far from home; Lead thou me on: Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see The distance scene — one step enough for me.”

Brothers and sisters, may Jesus, the light of the world, lead us on. Let us trust in Him. May His light renew our Christian love as we journey to Easter and the Resurrection! – Bishop Kevin Rhoades

NO GREATER LOVE: THE CONTEMPLATION OF HEAVEN AND EARTH

 

 We know that this earth is not heaven and yet heaven is here.  In order to understand this, we need to contemplate heaven and its relationship to earth and especially our earthly activity. Theologian Hans Urs Von Balthasar explains for us the relationship between heavenly contemplation and earthly activity.

 

Contemplation makes present the heavenly dimension and truth of the Christian life; action is the working out of this truth in the transient conditions of this world. Contemplation is Mary, sitting timelessly at the Lord's feet and doing "the one thing necessary", whereas the active Martha is distracted in the temporal multiplicity of tasks demanded by the love of neighbor, and has to accept the Lord's rebuke. Contemplation is John, who beholds the Logos in the beginning and perceives the eternal Word of Life by hearing, seeing and touching him; in Revelation he sees the eternal Person of the Word with snow-white head and hair, his voice like the sound of mighty waters; Peter represents action: his temporal service is that of pasturing the Shepherd's reluctant and fickle flock. The former contemplate imperishable bliss (delectatio) by way of a foretaste, the latter are engaged in transient toil, enduring its burdens by the power of the foretaste which contemplation provides. The Middle Ages so boldly made action dependent upon heavenly contemplation that, in its Christian theology, politics and art, it constructed the earthly kingdom of God as a transient image, with its lights and shadows, of the intransient realm it had glimpsed. Cathedrals are the tangible embodiment of a contemplative vision, only intelligible to us if we are prepared to enter into their contemplation of heaven.  

 

Ultimately, heaven is God’s presence, but God is here on earth in many different ways.  For example, God, and, therefore, heaven, is present in cathedrals and churches and in a different way in the Eucharist. When we pray the Lord’s prayer, we say “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Mt 6:10) When we do God’s will, heaven is here. We need contemplation to know God’s will for us, but we also need to do it.  Mary and John show us how to know God’s will, yet they also did it as the Lord’s prayer requires.  Scripture shows Martha and Peter doing God’s will, but they also needed to contemplate it to know what to do.  The four New Testament persons which Von Balthasar mentions all contemplated God’s Divine Revelation but also did God’s will.

 

What is the proper relationship for us between heavenly contemplation and earthly activity? Von Balthasar tells us more about this question.

 

The first epoch, the Patristic age, was so convinced that contemplation was a participation in heaven for its own sake that it was inclined to see practical, everyday Christian life almost as a preliminary stage, a tool, helping man to reach the necessary purity of heart. In the second, medieval period, primarily, it was seen as means of increasing the vessel's capacity to hold the superabundant riches of contemplation. The modern age has the opposite tendency, equally one-sided, to subordinate contemplation to action, treating it as a means of recollection, of deepening one's understanding of the mysteries of faith, and of thus making possible a more measured, enlightened and grace-filled apostolate. This attitude is expressed in the concern that every period of contemplation should issue in some particular practical decision. The correct balance is to be found between the two: it is from the contemplative vision and the great Yes to God's entire, eternal truth that a person's mission grows, with its Yes to God's concrete, personal will. In heaven, absorbed in adoration of God, Isaiah hears the word: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?", and he replies: "Here am I! Send me" (Is 6:8). In Christianity contemplation on the plane of essence necessarily implies realization on the plane of existence, for heaven becomes earth, becomes everyday for us. But this does not mean that it becomes a function of earth. Heaven is the form which penetrates and informs everything; it can only reveal its power on a large scale if it retains the "breadth and length and height and depth" which are native to it.

 

What need was there for Isaiah to be absorbed in heavenly contemplation except that it was needed for him to know what heaven wanted from him and put it into action? Contemplation and action in accordance with God’s will cannot be separated.

 

When we are really praying to God, are we not already in heaven since heaven is simply the place where God is? Von Balthasar tells us that our being in heaven when we contemplate is real. When Ignatius pursues his seminal contemplation "before the whole court of heaven", he is not embroidering or exaggerating, nor is he translating into ordinary terms an experience which is only valid in the mystical order: he is contemplating truth in its proper context; he has come, as Paul says, "to the city of the living God".

 

Even in our general contemplation of salvation history we need to keep heaven in mind.

 

Christian contemplation only starts at the moment when the deep heavenly gold begins to glint through the turbulent surface of earthly affairs. This beckoning mystery which compels us to worship is not something put there by those who contemplate. The eyes of faith detect it immediately, whether it is the simplest parable, the most natural gesture (perhaps not even recorded) on the part of the Lord, or something as peripheral as the fact that Paul forgot his cloak in Troas-for it is bitterly cold in the Roman prison in winter, shortly before his execution, and in bringing the cloak Timothy will be bringing the love of Christ, which will warm the old man better than any blanket. Here contemplation does not strain away from the earth; the apostles and saints are not daydreamers in flight from the world, living in a fairyland divorced from reality. The Acts of the Apostles is sober, serious reality in the midst of history, but the breath of the Holy Spirit breathes through it, blowing believers where he will; they must take him seriously as the principal actor as they make their calculations and decisions. That contemplation is realistic which seeks the reality of heaven, yet not by dissolving or allegorizing away the reality of earth. It endures and holds the tension between the two, which is ultimately a christological tension.

 

The tension between heaven and earth always remains. Which of us earthly beings can also be a heavenly being?  Yet there is one who did just that, Jesus Christ.  The sharp contrast between heaven and earth is shown to Peter, James, and John when Jesus takes them up a mountain and is transfigured before them. Jesus speaks with two heavenly beings, Moses and Elijah in the presence of the “cloud” of the Holy Spirit, and the Father speaks and tells the three apostles to “listen to Him”. Right after that they see Jesus only. (Mt 17:1-8, Mk 9:2-8, Lk 9:28-36) In a brief period of time, the three apostles see the Trinity in the glory of heaven, but then they see only Jesus.  Soon after that these three apostles saw this same Jesus mocked, spat upon and crucified. They must have been puzzled by all this.  Early heretics resolved the tension by claiming that Jesus was Divine but only appeared to be human.  Modern theologians resolve the tension by saying that the heavenly exaltation of Jesus came from the early Christians. Both views are, of course, wrong. Hans Urs Von Balthasar tells us how humiliation and glory can go together in Jesus Christ. Humiliation is itself the epiphany of glory, earth is the manifestation of heaven, so that, together with Christ, our earth shall be found worthy of heaven. Nor is this a rhythmical alternation between what is "unshakable" and what is "shakable", as if even the "unshakable" were subject to a law of alternation: "This ... indicates the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been made, in order that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship ... "(Heb 12:27-29). We enter into his rhythm. He, the heavenly Man who is from above (1 Cor 15:47), fashions us according to his image; indeed, as the Word of God, he mysteriously becomes our food. To us who strive from earth heavenward, he thus communicates the gift of grace which strives from heaven earthward: "for it is well that the heart be strengthened by grace, not by foods, ... We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat" (Heb 13:9-10). In the rhythm of Christ, and built up by his word, it is possible for our earthly existence's remoteness from God to be itself a form and an expression of heavenly existence; the experience of abandonment by God can be the expression of a love which is impossible on earth and can only be understood in the context of heaven.

 

Only Jesus Christ can resolve this tension by doing what no mere human could do.  Indeed, He is the One who opened the gates of heaven for us. – Jim Nugent, CFP 

THOUGHTS FROM CFP’ERS: A WALK INTO DARKNESS

I’m not sure about others, but I find it hard these days to keep that heavy dark feeling from surfacing. In Indian, the days are longer, but it just means more time without sunshine. The clouds are thick, and rarely have we had a sunny day, just glimpses of sunshine as a teaser.

This grey weather along with the pandemic make for the perfect storm of what satan wants us to feel—hopelessness. We are closed off physically from friends and even family. Our ability to come and go as we please has been taken away. Could this have happened at a more providential time of year? Our new normal is going to look much different from here on out. Our lives have been forever changed in ways unimagined, especially for those who have lost loved ones or have become ill themselves. The world is having to prioritize everything from work to ventilators. These decisions have life altering consequences. What does this mean? It means, in spite of our knowledge, our illusion of power, and making ourselves mini-gods in control of our destiny is an illusion. God is always able to change our reality in the blink of an eye. We, as CFP members, can realize this and even embrace it by offering it up to Him as a sacrifice. We understand that penance and prayer can change not only the world but also our interior lives.

I also believe that we are being given many new forms of penance to practice. Maybe you have also embraced them in your own lives because, sometimes, “all we can do is offer it up.” Right? I have an opportunity or this right now in my life. My daughter is scheduled for a C-section on April 3 in Madison WI. With her husband and daughter, she has been quarantined for two weeks per doctor’s orders. She and her husband have been working from home and juggling a schedule that boggles my mind, babysitting their 3 year old daughter in shifts that would continually change throughout the day, depending on who needed to be connected at any moment to their offices. Ironically, my daughter is a scientist whose company has manufactured one of the testing kits for the Corona virus, and she helped develop it.

All that being said, my penance is that I am shut out of her life right now physically. I cannot be anywhere near her. She lives in Wisconsin and I in Indiana. My plan was to stay with my granddaughter while our daughter was in the hospital. So much for plans! Because I am working, I cannot be around them before during or after the birth. I understood this and was dealing with it pretty well until two days ago, when a feeling that I can’t really explain other than complete hopelessness and despair came over me like a wave, and all I could think about was, “What if something goes wrong?” How could I deal with not being able to be with them? I fell into complete sorrow and started thinking only the worst and what that would look like. I panicked and, even though I was in the middle of Evening Prayer, I totally broke down. I wept like I haven’t in many years. I could not stop, no matter how hard I tried. I got up, changed scenery, tried to busy myself, and still was crying uncontrollably. I kept telling myself, “Others are dealing with so much more than you, so just stop!” After exhausting myself, I fell asleep. Waking up in the morning, thinking I would be over it, I was not! Again, the tears and feeling of sadness and despair came. During Morning Prayer, I got a message from a friend as I glimpsed at my phone. I asked him for prayer and briefly explained the situation in text form. Immediately he said, “I will offer my day and all I do for your intentions.” Wow! A gift from God in so many ways! That was what I needed to do myself! Why didn’t I think of that? Offering up my sorrow and pain for the suffering of others! Give it to God! I had obviously lost the ability to control anything! Surrender and trust!

So, as I drove to work, it is what I tried to do, and slowly the heaviness started to lift. I kept thinking though, ‘How do I have the right to ask or trust in something like the protection of my daughter and baby when others in the world are dealing with death and illness and so much insecurity?” I was told to trust and let it go by my good friend. Put it in His hands let it go! So, I did, as best I could.

My point in this long story is that satan wants hopelessness and despair. Even in the midst of prayer and knowledge, he can rob us of what we know to be true and good. I needed others to help me despite of my prayers. We need each other throughout this crisis in many ways. Satan wants to divide and conquer. He almost did with me! As I write this, my daughter is going in tomorrow and I am putting all in God’s hands as I should. I know that there are no guarantees, but He will be with her and me through it all.

The uncertainty of these times will lead all of us to emotions we may not have experienced. More than ever, we need each other and a very devoted life of prayer and sacrifice. For each of us, it will be different, but we can think of creative ways to pray for others even more. Praying several times a day the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for those who are dying. Watching or listening to Mass. Joining the Rosary or Stations streaming on the Internet, sometimes even live. I know I am preaching to the choir here because you readers are faithful, but I was totally taken by surprise at how easily I let go of all I knew in a moment of despair. May God help us all as we put our trust in Him! May we offer all we can every day for others in sacrifice of penance.

 

– Sandy Seyfert, CFP (Note: God willing, the May newsletter will update you!)

OUR RULE, OUR FUTURE UPDATE – NO ADDITIONAL PROGRESS DUE TO HALT WORK ORDERS DUE TO CORONA VIRUS OUTBREAK. PLEASE KEEP PRAYING!

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.

REFLECTION ON THE RULE

 

RULE: 12. All are daily to say the seven canonical Hours, that is: Matins[1], Prime[2], Terce[3], Sext[4], None[5], Vespers[6], and Compline[7]. The clerics are to say them after the manner of the clergy. Those who know the Psalter are to say the Deus in nomine tuo (Psalm 54) and the Beati Immaculati (Psalm 119) up to the Legem pone (Verse 33) for Prime, and the other psalms of the Hours, with the Glory Be to the Father; but when they do not attend church, they are to say for Matins the psalms the Church says or any eighteen psalms; or at least to say the Our Father as do the unlettered at any of the Hours. The others say twelve Our Fathers for Matins and for every one of the other Hours seven Our Fathers with the Glory Be to the Father after each one. And those who know the Creed and the Miserere mei Deus (Ps. 51) should say it at Prime and Compline. If they do not say that at the Hours indicated, they shall say three Our Fathers.

CONSTITUTIONS: SECTION 12. (Sections 12a through 120 were discussed in previous newsletters)

12p. To complete the daily prayer schedule, the penitent must then choose, with the guidance of a spiritual director, one of the following five options:

REFLECTION:

The five options will be discussed in the next five issues of this newsletter. For now, let’s concentrate on the fact that options exist. The CFP recognizes that many different people from many different walks of life live this Rule. So one size does not fit all. The prayer options enable everyone to pray—from the retiree who is home much of the time to the busy parent of infants and toddlers. We might note that, for those who are at home now due to the corona virus quarantine, and who might have used other prayer options to fit around work schedules, might, at this time, try another option that allows for a more relaxed and possibly lengthier prayer time. Might God be calling you to this, now, at this holy season? Ask Him and see what He tells you.

 

[1] Office of Readings

[2] Early Morning Prayer

[3] Midmorning Prayer

[4] Midday Prayer

[5] Midafternoon Prayer

[6] Evening Prayer

[7] Night Prayer

MONTHLY LETTER TO ALL PENITENTS: PENANCE, PENANACE, PENANCE!

As I am finding loads of time on my hands, the spiritual aspects of the COVID 19 virus come to mind. I am not an authority on such matters. I know there is a material and spiritual aspect to this world. As I pondered the spiritual aspects of our present pandemic and the scientific measures to combat it, an event in the past came to mind.

In 2012 after teaming on an ACTS retreat in April, I was led to attend a three day silent retreat that would be held in May by Carmelites in Louisiana at Maryhill Catholic Center in Alexandria. It was a very moving experience. I felt the Blessed Mother especially as I walked in silence in the rosary garden at dawn towards the end of the retreat. Later that day after a conference break, the Fatima vision came to mind. The part that stood out was the angel with the fiery sword pointed at the earth Penance, Penance, Penance. Here is part of the message that came to mind.

“After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!'.

I felt that I needed penance in my life; the Holy Spirit was revealing to me a need to grow closer to God. I felt that he was calling me to a vocation of penance. I didn’t have a clue as to what this meant. I googled penance and found the CFP in 2012. Fast forward to living the rule, formation, pledging for life.

At this time, living a life of prayer and fasting, I feel that I am fulfilling a part of the message of Fatima. It gives me renewed strength to carry on. I feel strongly that the Blessed Mother’s message at Fatima is important and her message is our present help during this pandemic. Our Confraternity is so important during this time. I pray strength and graces as we pray, fast and lift up the sick and dying, as we pray for our Pope and the Church at this most difficult time. There is power in numbers; our community is needed in the army of Christians praying without ceasing. I am living a prayer life to the fullest because of my community. I can not imagine how I would be coping today if I had not searched the internet and found the meaning of penance. I am so thankful to be a penitent. We, the CFP, are answering the command of angel at Fatima. .The world needs us.

 

– Patricia Davis, CFP

FRANCISCAN INSIGHT ON LIFE FROM FATHER JOSEPH TUSCAN, OFM CAP

Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick and useless as when he is well and can be of service to him. – St. Francis

These days I have the privilege of living at our mother house of St. Augustine friary in Pittsburgh. The real privilege is that I live with a number of our retired friars who have lived faithful and generous lives in service to the Church and the Order. I am constantly humbled and edified by the stories of our retired friars and I put my opportunity of service to them now in that context. The generous benefactors our Province have provided for an addition onto our mother house to take care of our elderly friars and a beautiful new chapel and hall. We also have added a food pantry for the poor and a ministry outreach to the many young people in our neighborhood. Some of the pictures of our history have been placed in the new building and I’m struck by the memories of all the men who have served our Order over the decades since our first arrival on this street in 1870. I’m also made aware that we are only temporary residence and I reflect on these beautiful quotes from our founder, Saint Francis of Assisi:

Keep a clear eye toward life's end. Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God's creature. What you are in his sight is what you are and nothing more. Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing that you have received...but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.

My dear son, be patient, because the weaknesses of the body are given to us in this world by God for the salvation of the soul. So, they are of great merit when they are borne patiently. - From the little flowers of St. Francis

Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that have received--only what you have given. -- I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, He can work through anyone.

THE CHANGES WROUGHT BY CORONA VIRUS ARE NOTHING COMPARED TO THE CHANGES WROUGHT

BY CHRIST’S RESURRECTION!

HE HAS WON THE VICTORY!

FOLLOWING FRANCIS, FOLLOWING CHRIST: FRANCIS REDEEMS THE LAMBS

Francis had a unique habit of redeeming lambs who were being taken to slaughter. The early sources mention several such incidents. One lamb he gave to a convent. Another he gave to Lady Jacoba. With what did he redeem these? He would give his mantle in exchange for a lamb. Or he would ask a benefactor whom he happened to pay for the helpless creature. Once he redeemed a lamb with a cloak he had borrowed. We wonder how that turned out! No wonder his friars sometimes felt exasperated. Yet what could they do? Lambs on their way to slaughter reminded Francis of the Lamb of God. It was for the sake of Christ, whose image they represented to Francis, that he redeemed them.

At this holy Easter season, may God show us His image in people, places, things, and animals. Despite the concerns of this time of the corona virus, despite people’s fears and the inability, in many places, to take part in the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter, we can realize that God has truly risen and He is truly here. If we open the eyes of our souls, as Francis did, we will see symbols of the Lord everywhere, not only in Easter lambs or eggs that represent the cracked open tomb or Easter flowers that show new life. God may open our eyes to see Him in the most unexpected places and events. He is risen. He is here. No virus can change the truth. God be praised! Happy Easter!

 

– Madeline Pecora Nugent, CFP

CORONA VIRUS HUMOR

Center for Disease Control: To prevent coronavirus, stay home, avoid physical contact, and stay indoors.  Introvert: I’ve been preparing for this moment my entire life.

 

Listen, everybody. This is the first time in history that we can save the world by staying at home, watching television, and doing nothing. Let’s not mess this up!

 

Prediction: There will be a minor baby boom in 9 months and then, one day in 2033, we shall see the rise of the Quaranteens.

 

Day 2 without sports. “Found a young lady sitting on my couch yesterday. Apparently, she’s my wife. She seems nice.”

 

My 3oth birthday is today, but I just want everyone to know that I’ll be postponing it indefinitely to a later date due to corona virus. I will be turning 30 at a later date.

 

Thoughts and prayers going out to all the married men who have spent months telling the wife, “I’ll do that when I got time.”

 

 don’t think that anyone expected that, when we changed the clocks earlier this month, we’d go from Standard Time to the Twilight Zone.

 

Gas is finally affordable, and we can’t go anywhere!

 

Stay inside. Isolate. Practice social distancing. Clean yourself. Oh, my goodness! I’ve become a housecat!

 

If they shut schools for too long, mothers are going to find a solution for the virus before the scientists do.

 

Your pet cat: Why are the annoying servants staying in my house all day now?

Prayer to Saint  Corona (2.5 x 3 inches) is printed on sturdy card stock and can be conveniently carried in a pocket, wallet, or prayer book. The text is simple enough for families to pray daily with their children. 

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May God keep each of you safe and healthy. 

A Blessed Holy Week and Glorious Easter Season to All!
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