A word from the universe, “The Covid-19 virus has dominated our lives almost since the beginning of 2020. So much so that for the whole of the Holy Week and Easter season and months thereafter churches were closed and none of the special services were held there. But our faith had to sustain us in our lockdown. Italy had its worst days around Easter with thousands of people being infected and many deaths, especially of the elderly and most vulnerable. On 27 March Pope Francis conducted a special prayer service for the whole world. He preached and prayed alone in an empty St Peter’s Square. He used the gospel account of the disciples with him in a boat when a violent storm came up. The disciples were terrified while Jesus slept. “Lord, do you not care?” they asked after waking him up. Jesus calmed the storm and criticised them for their lack of faith. At this time, while the disease still remains with us, there is also a lot of fear in everyone. We can identify with the words ‘We’re all in the same boat, all together, all at risk.” What we need, young and old, is solidarity, unity and faith in God who does not abandon us.'”
There arose a great storm on the sea and the boat was being swamped, but he was asleep. They went and woke him, saying, “Save us Lord, we are perishing,” and he said, “Why are you afraid, O men of little faith.” And he rebuked the wind and the sea. Pope Francis: The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home. LS13
Pope Francis: to conclude this message to youth and encouragement for the entire people of God for their support: A wish! Dear young people, my joyful hope is to see you keep running the race before you, outstripping all those who are slow or fearful. Keep running, “attracted by the face of Christ, whom we love so much, whom we adore in the Holy Eucharist and recognize in the flesh of our suffering brothers and sisters. May the Holy Spirit urge you on as you run this race. The Church needs your energy, your intuitions, your faith. We need them! And when you arrive where we have not yet reached, have the patience to wait for us. Amen CV299.