The Christian ideal is not that the faithful live entirely independently, but that we help one another. Even during these unusual times, when social distancing can prevent us from direct forms of service, we can still live up to this ideal. Service can take the form of material gifts to food banks and pregnancy care centers (do we have more time to clean our pantries and closets?), or a phone call to a lonely friend or neighbor. Many women who are pregnant and immune-compromised would appreciate help with running necessary errands. (Ideas for volunteering, even virtually from home, can be found through an online search.) Pray about how you may safely be an instrument of God’s peace and love during this time of crisis. We are Jesus’s hands and feet!

Let us pray:

 

O Blessed Mother, you received the good news of the incarnation of Christ, your Son, with faith and trust. Grant your protection to all pregnant mothers facing difficulties.

 

Guide us as we strive to make our parish communities places of welcome and assistance for mothers in need. Help us become instruments of God’s love and compassion.

 

Mary, Mother of the Church, graciously help us build a culture of life and a civilization of love, together with all people of good will, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen.

 

(Our FatherHail Mary, and Glory Be)

Saint Gianna Novena

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