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"Staying close in a time of social distancing" by Unbound.org (CatholicMom.com) Copyright 2020 Unbound.org. All rights reserved.[/caption] This is a special prayer reflection from the Unbound community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The cruel irony of the COVID-19 crisis is that in this time of uncertainty and fear, when we most need the support of family, friends and our faith communities, we’re asked to keep our distance from one another. It’s good to remember that the Body of Christ is without limitations. Even when we feel most alone, we’re still one in the Spirit and one in the Lord. We’re united by our love for one another, which is a reflection of the love of God. Though we’ve never physically seen nor touched that love, it’s always there and always sustains us. As they so often do, families in the Unbound community teach us. Many live in the most remote of locations, far from paved roads, inaccessible to all but the most resolute visitor. Others, like most of us now, are living in isolation in cities large and small. For many of them, this is not a temporary condition, but a lifelong reality. Yet they know what it means to reach out and be reached. They know how to live in gratitude for compassion. They know the love of others, whether it be a neighbor across the river or a sponsor in a country far away. We may be isolated, but we are never alone. Let us hold that awareness in our hearts as we navigate through these anxious times. Please pray:
Compassionate God, we come to you with our fears in this time of global crisis. Calm us as you calmed the storm at sea. Help us to remember that in the seeming immensity of our troubles, you still hold each of us in the palm of your hand. You never forget us. You never abandon us. Provide your healing touch to those who suffer. Bless, too, their caregivers and those charged with public safety. May all on the front lines of this pandemic be guided by wisdom, hope and resolve. May we rise to the challenge of this moment with grace and courage. May this crisis bring out the best in us. May we be patient. May we be kind. And may our faith in you outweigh our uncertainty. We ask this in your most holy name. Amen.

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