I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world. (John 16:33)Ash Wednesday was a long, trying day for our family. My earnest prayers had not prevented that. But God was with us, watching over us during our travails and separation. My son made it safely home from school. I made it safely home from my trip. And I did not bring the coronavirus with me. Thank God! The whole world is having tribulation right now, grappling with confusion, anxiety, and uncertainty during this Lent like no other – a Lent in which many or all of us cannot attend Mass at our parish, cannot easily receive reconciliation. It is eerie, I know. But I pray and hope we will all be re-energized in our commitments during this penitential period – to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It’s needed now more than ever. We may be unsure. We will pray for everyone. We may be frightened. We will sacrifice for others, offering it up, uniting it to Jesus on the cross. We may be stuck at home. We will extend a helping hand. No matter the conditions faced and combated during this penitential season, I have learned anew this Lent that … truly … everything we confront in life is better with Jesus. Here is a prayer I composed as penance after Reconciliation years ago, using some of my favorite Bible verses, and I pray it often after the Rosary:
Lord Jesus, have mercy on us sinners. Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more. Forgive us our sins and give us your peace. Let not our hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. But give us your courage and guidance in all things. Amen.What prayers do you recommend in times of trouble and uncertainty?
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Hillary Ibarra is a happy wife, mother of four, and volunteer. In addition to writing for CatholicMom.com, she is a humor writer and author of The Christmas List, based on the miracle of one childhood Christmas Eve. Jesus, her family, playing guitar, admiring trees, and baking bring her joy. She wants to play the banjo someday, but it might take divine intervention! Learn more at HillaryIbarra.com and on Facebook.