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How to stay focused during the pandemic

Posted on April 21, 2020 by Sunny South News

There are many things people can do to keep themselves focused during the pandemic, especially when self-isolating.

Pope Francis instructed that all Catholics place an open Bible on a distinct location in their household for easy access to prayer. We placed a linen cloth underneath the Bible, added candles, a ceramic praying hand, and a verse on one side that looks like an open prayer book. We read the Bible daily -started with the Book of Genesis, and, will continue until the Book of Revelation. We also pray the Rosary and the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy daily, the Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent, “attend” the Daily TV Mass on Salt and Light as well as Bishop McGrattan’s Sunday Mass that is livestreamed from Calgary.

These spiritual involvements inspire us even though we are not physically present at Mass. The following prayer is most appropriate for those who want to receive communion spiritually: Act of Spiritual Communion – “My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You Sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.”

PAUL JONES
Coaldale

UPSIDE OF COVID-19

(Lydia O. Jones’humble words of comfort to the world)

No question COVID-19 is deadly, as millions have fallen ill, and thousands have died already.

Unfortunately, there are people who still think this is a hoax – they just need to open their eyes, look around, and see the truth.

The months ahead may seem bleak and dreary, but there is an upside to this so, do not be weary. Neighbours are reaching out to neighbours more than ever, when before one’s focus is on selfinterest only.

We hear, we watch, we listen intently to the needs of those around us, and act quickly.

The “me first” mentality is now fading, as we continue to realize what the rest are feeling.

Technology is a big boon to gather people in prayer, in gratitude, and humble adoration to GOD whom we reach out to when we cannot do it alone.

The GOD who listens and only wants the best for us all.

So, let us take this opportunity to listen and act, as the LORD says, “Come back to me with all your heart.”

This scourge will pass just like the others that plagued the world before, to let us focus clearly on what really matters – Our love for one another! Be safe – Be healthy – Stay close to God, our Father.

The Lord is risen – He is risen indeed Alleluia.

Happy Easter!

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