Welcome to our daily musical medication during this time of the Coronavirus.  We invite you to take a few moments each day to slow down, listen, mediate and pray.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Meditation: You’ve Got A Friend. Social distancing is difficult and for many of us this is dragging on and on. And during this time, people are suffering in so many ways. We have lost tens of thousands to this terrible virus. People are mourning. People have lost their jobs. Kids can’t go to school. The very times in life when we need our friends and family close, we have to stay apart. We need to do our part to stop the spread of this virus, but we also need to be there for each other. We must not forget to make that phone call, get in that zoom meeting, send a note. We need to reach out to those we love now more than ever. Let someone you love today know that they have a friend.

Song: You’ve Got A Friend, Carol King
*** I do not own the rights to this music

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Meditation: By the Waters of Babylon. Why were the Israelites crying by the waters of Babylon? They were a defeated people who found themselves captives in Babylon. They longed to return to Jerusalem and sing there the praises of God. They were heartbroken, crushed, and afraid. They thought that God had abandoned them. But God did not. God came to Babylon with his people to be with them in their hardship, and God helped them find their song in captivity. As this pandemic drags on we can feel crushed and abandoned also. We might wonder where God is in all of this. But God is with us. God is with the sick, with the dying, with the mourning and with those suffering loneliness, depression and economic hardship. God is always with us. We can complain to God and that is OK. But God wants us to cling to Him and trust Him even as we raise a lament to Him. God will help us to find our song again, even by the waters of our Babylon, and like the Israelites of old, God will lead us out of this to freedom one day.

Song: By the Waters of Babylon, Paul Tate
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Monday, May 18, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Meditation: I Can Only Imagine. We can only imagine what eternal life with the God will be like. Or better… we probably can barely imagine this. Cartoon images of the afterlife are filled with fluffy clouds and harps, white togas and gold wings. But let’s face it, we can imagine that this will be boring after a while. Eternity is a long time! But that’s a cartoon image. What we are really promised is to come face to face with Love itself. To have love unfiltered. Love forever. This pandemic has caused us to be far from those we love. We long for the kiss of family members and the hugs of friends. Maybe we needed this devastating time of separation to remind us of what is truly important and what our heart really hungers for. Our deepest desire is for Love and God is love. Maybe we can almost imagine what eternity will be like – and it will be amazing.

Song: I Can Only Imagine, Bart Millard
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Friday, May 15, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Meditation: “Love Changes Everything.” Nothing in the world is the same when there is love. Some people might hear these words and think that they are sweet but frivolous. Some might even think that the idea that love changes everything is naive. But we know that it is true. Love does change everything. Real love always has the good of the beloved at heart. It is important to love one another with that kind of love now more than ever. We will make it through this if we offer that love and accept that love from each other. Expressing that love, even from a distance, through a phone call, a text, a card, a FaceTime, or if necessary helping someone in need, is good for us, for the person we love and for the world. That kind of love can change our day. It can change how we make it through this pandemic. It can change everything.

Song: Love Changes Everything, Andrew Lloyd Weber
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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Meditation: “Over the Rainbow.” In this pandemic, we may wish upon a star to wake up where the clouds of this disease are far behind us. We might dream of going somewhere over the rainbow and escape the difficulties we are facing. It’s a beautiful dream, but we will not get out of this so easily. We will probably have to walk through the valley of darkness for a time before we emerge to skies of blue and clouds of white and the brightness of day. But we know that God is with us in the valley even as he is leading us to the mountaintop. We will make it over the rainbow, but before we do, the Lord who created the rainbow is with us in the storm.

Song: Over the Rainbow, Harold Arlen
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Meditation: “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” What do we need to make it through this pandemic?? A vaccine? Yes. Medical care? Of course! Assistance for those in economic peril? Definitely! But what do we really need to make it though these troubled times? We need love. We need to love one another. We need to love the sick and the dying. We need to love those mourning. We need to love our doctors and nurses, our police and firefighters, or grocery workers and mail carriers. We need to love our neighbors and our friends and family who may need our help. And we need to love of God. But this is not just true now because we are in a pandemic. We always need love, because God is love and we always need God. And God, who is love, calls us to love one another as God loves us.

Song: What the World Needs Now, Burt Bacharach
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Meditation: The Servant Song. The life of faith is not a life where the believer sits idly by waiting for God to fix our problems. No, being a disciple of Christ means to be filled with His Spirit and to join him in his mission to bring life, healing, comfort and salvation. We must be Christ for one another. What else does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to be members of His body. In this pandemic we must reach out to those suffering illness, those mourning, those who don’t know how they will pay their bills, those working in our hospitals or groceries or pharmacies – often in real fear – and those who are just worn down by the loneliness of staying at home. We must bear God’s light into this darkness and we must allow others to bring that light to us. That is the way the God wants it… we must love one another as we have been loved.

Song: The Servant Song, Richard Gillard
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Monday, May 11, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Meditation: “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The storm we are walking through is powerful, destructive and frightening. It is lasting a long time and we don’t know how much further our journey will be through this storm. How can we make it through? We make it through with hope and love. We know that God is with us in the storm and we know that He will lead us out of it. We are not walking through this storm alone. The Lord who carried the cross is with us. We will make it through to see the golden sky when this is over.

Song: You’ll an ever Walk Alone, Rodgers & Hammerstein 
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Friday, May 8, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Meditation:  By Name I Call You.  This pandemic can strain even the most fervent believer’s faith.  There is real fear all around us: fear of us or our loved ones getting sick, fear of the economic impact, and fear from not knowing where all of this is going or when it will end.  It is difficult to hear the Lord say, “Do not be afraid.”  But God has called us each by name.  God has his eye on all of us and we are precious to him.  He is with us always, and God will see us all through this.  Let us cling to God and support one another in love.

Song: By Name I Call You, John Angotti
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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Meditation: People. People who need people are the luckiest people in the world. There are voices in our world and culture that would tell us the opposite. Some people think that you shouldn’t need anyone in life; that strong people are those who can be completely independent. But that is not what humanity is all about. The first assessment God makes about Adam in Genesis is that “it is not good for Adam to be alone.” We are designed for each other. We are designed for community. “Love one another as I have loved you.” We need people because we need to be loved and we need people to love. Allow yourself to be loved and reach out today to someone you love and connect with them.

Song: People, Jule Styne & Bob Merrill
*** I do not own the rights to this music

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Meredith’s musical mediation: The Covenant Hymn. Wherever we go God makes His home with us. We often think that the spiritual life is mainly about us seeking God. But many of the great saints remind us that we may have that wrong. It is God who seeks us fervently. God who is like a mother protecting her children. God who is like a shepherd seeking out the sheep. God who is like a lover passionately pursuing us. It would be too difficult for us if we needed to do all the work. But we don’t have to. God does most of the work, we just need to surrender to God who is always with us. We need to just be at peace in the knowledge that the Lord will be in us always, even in this pandamic, in fact, even to the end of the age.

Song: Covenant Hymn, Gary Daigle & Rory Cooney 
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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Mediation— “Climb Every Mountain.” How can we climb every mountain or ford every stream or follow every rainbow until we find our dreams when it seems that the pandemic has shut down all of our pursuits? Is following our dreams put on hold right now? Maybe not. Life has a way of trapping us in our routines. The busyness of our days can eat up time so that we don’t pause to consider whether we are on the right path or not. Well, now we have the time to dream. We have the time to assess where we are and where we want to go. And maybe it’s OK that the economy is severely slowed down, because as people of faith we know that the best dreams, and the only dreams worth climbing mountains for… are those dreams that cannot be bought with money. “Seek first the Kingdom…” says the Lord. Maybe this time of isolation is a gift to us to ask ourselves if we are seeking for the right things.

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Song: Climb Every Mountain, Rodgers and Hammerstein

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Meditation: Here I am Lord…. The hand of God is always ready to save us.  But God seems to prefer that his creatures have a hand in their own salvation.  Throughout history God has called forth his servants, men and women, children and the elderly, rich and poor, and he has sent them out to fulfill his mission of love and care.  Today we see so many people hearing God’s call to serve and responding.  We see this most clearly in our medical care workers who are making huge sacrifices to care for others.  We see it also in our first responders, and we see it in those who continue to grow food, carry it to our cities and sell it in our stores.  God is hearing our cries in this pandemic and we can see his love shining forth in the love we have for each other.  Who is God calling you to reach out to today?

Song: Here I Am, Lord, Dan Schutte

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Mediation— “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” – Like a bridge over troubled waters, I will lay me down. We all need those people who stand by our side through thick and thin. Whether it’s a significant other, a family member or a friend, we all need those people who help us through when we cross troubled waters. And we need to be that for others. We need to bear one another up when times get rough. During this time at home, maybe you can make a list of the people in your life that are there for you. And maybe you can make al list of the people that could use a call or message from you, and then reach out. We can’t be together in person right now, but we can still be bridges for one another.

 

Song: Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Paul Simon
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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Daily Musical Meditation: There can be miracles when we believe.  Or maybe we should say, we will see the miracles that are already here when we believe.  There are miracles all around us that can give us hope and inspiration in this time of pandemic.  There is the miracle of creation itself, with all of its beauty and diversity.  There is the miracle of life all around us.  There is the miracle of love.  And, at this time when disease and death fill our vision, we must remember there is also the miracle of resurrection.  All of these miracles swirl around us every day of our life.  We who believe see them.

Song: When You Believe, Stephen Schwartz
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Mediation—The Lord’s Prayer. This prayer needs no introduction. We know it is the prayer that unites all followers of Christ. It is a prayer that changes those called to pray it. Through it we recognize that as God is our father so too are we all brothers and sisters to one another: no matter what language we speak, the color of our skin, our economic level, our gender, our nationality, our sexual orientation, or our political views. We are all children of the One God who calls us to be united with Him and with each other in love, mutual concern, peace and justice. 

Song: The Lord’s Prayer, Albert Hay Malotte

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Mediation— I Am Not Alone. As we shelter in place there are many people who are alone. It can be difficult to stay home with people we love. Let’s face it, tight quarters and a lot of time spent together can lead to quarrels and petty annoyances can get overblown. Lockdown even with people you love very much can be tough. But it is worse for the many, many people who are home alone away from family and friends. We must be mindful of each other and reach out with a call, or facetime or a zoom gathering. We must also remember that God is always with us. God’s Spirit dwells within us and His love envelopes us whether we are together or apart. We may be isolated, but we are not alone. “I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

 

Song: I Am Not Alone, Bex Gaunt & Adam Tice
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Monday, April 27, 2020

Daily Musical Mediation:  In every age, O God, you have been our refuge.  The faithful for millennia have put their trust in God.  Since Abraham and Sarah ventured forth at God’s call without knowing where He would lead them, the faithful have put their hope and trust in God.  And the faithful of our age are in a pandemic.  Why is it so hard to be at peace and put our faith in God?  Maybe in our age of such great technological advances we have lost sight of this perennial truth: we must put our trust in God.  This pandemic is dispelling the delusions we may harbor that we are in control.  In that sense it might be good medicine for our souls.  Like Abraham and Sarah, we don’t know where God will lead us through this.  We don’t know when it will be over and we don’t know what the recovery will be like.  That is scary.  But what do we know?  We know that God will be with us and He will guide us.  We need to rediscover the truth our ancestors knew: God will be our refuge and our peace.

Song: In Every Age, Janèt Sullivan Whitaker
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Friday, April 24, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Mediation— The Prayer – “Lead us to a place, guide us with Your grace, to a place where we’ll be safe.” God will guide us to a safe place, but not alone. God always guides us as a community and calls us to walk the journey of life together. As we ask God to guide and lead us, we must also ask ourselves where God wants us to be to help guide and support others: is there someone I should reach out to today? Have I shown my support for those caring for others in our hospitals and clinics? Have I prayed for the sick? Have I reached out to a neighbor or friend who is in financial trouble right now? God’s grace is never a private affair. God’s blessings are meant to be shared.

Song: The Prayer. David Foster & Carole Sager

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Mediation— We pray for God’s blessings, maybe now more than ever, during this pandemic. We pray especially for blessings on those who have died, for those who are sick and for those who courageously take care of them. We may be praying for a quick end to this, and a return to what we think is “normal.” But what if God is shedding blessings on us through this pandemic? What if the blessings will come through what we are called to in this time? What if the blessings come through worldwide human solidarity as we face this challenge? What if God’s blessings come in the pause, and call us to something new, not “normal.” We ask for God’s blessings but are we ready to be open to see that they might come in unexpected ways? Are we ready to receive what God may send?

Song: Blessings. Laura Story.

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Wednesdasy, April 22, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Mediation— You Raise Me Up: We are in the season of the Resurrection. The Easter Season is our time of joy and celebration. This Easter we find ourselves in a pandemic with people dying, with our medical professionals stretched beyond their limits, and with the rest of us doing the best we can to stay home to stem the spread of the virus. It may not seem like a season of celebration, but the joy of Easter is not like a simple, earthly happiness. The joy that Easter brings comes from overcoming the cross first. It comes from knowing that no matter what we face, God is with us, and no matter what happens, God will raise us up. Even in a pandemic, this gives us reason for celebration and a deep-seated joy in our hearts.

Song: You Raise Me Up. Brendan Graham & Rolf Lovland

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

 

Daily Musical Mediation: What happens when we put our hope in God?  We cannot be disappointed!  But it’s hard to place our trust in God.  We are so used to trying to control everything and being the masters of our own destiny.  It is difficult for many of us to really accept that we must trust in God.  We prefer to rely on our own ingenuity, or our hard work, or our abilities… and all of this is good, in the right context.  But maybe this pandemic is reminding us of how much we must rely on God and on each other.  Maybe as we stay home we can contemplate how much we actually don’t control and how much we need to find shelter under God’s wings.

 

Song: Shelter Me, O God. Bob Hurd.
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Monday, April 20, 2020

 

Meredith’s Musical meditations resume for the Easter Season with this timely reflection: From a Distance. We can find beauty even in this time of social distancing and isolation. We may be suffering the ache of missing loved ones, of wanting the simple comfort of a hug, or a cup of coffee with a good friend. But this time of distancing can be a time to see and appreciate the amazing gift we have each day in our ordinary life. In the rush of our busy days, we often take for granted the gift of life God has given us. Maybe this time is given to us to meditate on God’s great love and the profound happiness that can come from the simple pleasures of everyday life.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Come back to me, says the Lord. Return with all your heart. Don’t let fear keep us apart. The virus is keeping us from one another but we don’t have to let it keep us from God. God is with us during this pandemic and we can spend this Holy Week with Him. Let us cling to our God who loves us tenderly and seeks for us no matter where we go.

 

Song: Hosea. Come Back To Me.
By: Gregory Norbet, OSB.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

We may feel like lonely little sparrows these days, cooped up in our quarantine cages, especially those of us who may be spending this time alone, away from family or friends.  We may wonder if God’s eye is on us in our isolation.  Are our petty frustrations, or impatience, our annoyance of any concern to the Lord who must also watch over this sick, the dying and the heroic medical professionals who are attending to the sick?  The answer is… YES.  God’s eye is on each of us.  We may feel like little sparrows of no account, but not to God.  His eye is on us, He is with us through it all.

Song: His Eye is on the Sparrow

Monday, April 6, 2020

Meredith’s Musical Meditation today comes from Irish composer, Ian Callanan. Ian composed this song two weeks ago, as a prayer of comfort in the Covid Pandemic. He sent the music to Meredith and asked her to sing it. We hope you find comfort in this song. The words are based on a prayer of St. Francis.

 

Song: Keep Us Safe, O God. Ian Callanan Music
www.iancallanan.com
Streamed with permission.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Today, in Meredith’s Musical Meditation, she reminds us that hope never disappoints. We are going through a very difficult period right now. Our ancestors in the faith faced many challenges before us, and they kept faith and hope alive. They trusted in God to see them through and we must do the same. Even in this time we can let the witness of the saints throughout history inspire us to cling to hope and even find joy and patience as we face this pandemic. Let us chose life even in the face of disease!

 

Song: Hope. Paul Tate.
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Friday, April 3, 2020

Sometimes it is difficult to not be afraid. We can be afraid for our health, or our economic well being, or the health and wellbeing of those we love. Right now so much is outside of our control that it is natural that we are afraid. And that is OK. The Lord comes to alleviate our fear and he calls us to trust him. He is the way, the truth and the life and he will be with us through this pandemic and will see us beyond it.

 

Song: And Jesus Said. Tony Alonso.
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Jesus said from Church of St. Francis of Assisi on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

What kind of shepherding do we need during this time of pandemic? Like the psalmist sang long ago, today we long for God to lead us through this valley of darkness, disease and uncertainly to the green pastures of health and being reunited with those we love. The Shepherd will lead us as he always does.

 

Song: Shepherd Me, O God. Marty Haugen.
www.giamusic.com, G-5402
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

We are a people of the resurrection and Holy Week and Easter are quickly approaching. The Lord’s passion teaches us that no matter how heavy the cross is, God will help us carry it and, with Christ, we will rise again. As we prepare to enter Holy Week let us meditate on the Lords passion and resurrection and remember that God never abandons us.

 

Song: We Will Rise Again. David Haas.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

In a time of social distancing we can hunger for the touch of our loved ones. But God is never distant from us. God stands by us to lift us up. And God calls us to stand by one another in our isolation: at stand up for our medical professions, the sick, the unemployed, the lonely. Even from afar we can stand up for one another.

 

Song: Stand By Me. Tom Kendzia
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stand by me from Church of St. Francis of Assisi on Vimeo.

Monday, March 30, 2020

The first days of social distancing and quarentine were new and different. They were probably a little easier. But by now many of us are feeling the strain of missing our family and friends. We miss hugs and handshakes and human contact in person. A lot of people are sad or depressed. But the Lord tells us to not be afraid. He is with us and he will see us through this.

 

Song: Be Not Afraid. Bob Dufford,SJ
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Saturday, March 28, 2020

The fourth week of Lent we reflect on the blind man who was given sight. He waited a long time for the light and for that transformation. We are experiencing something very unfamiliar right now. Our immediate future is hidden from our sight because events are so outside of our control. God will transform us and we may see things in surprisingly new ways. Let us pray for patience to be open to where God will lead us through this difficult time.

 

Song: God, Our Source and Life, Unite Us. Trevor Thomson.
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Friday, March 27, 2020

Meredith’s musical meditation today is called, “In Beauty We Walk.” It is adapted from a Navajo Prayer. Life is a journey. As Christians we walk this journey with Jesus and with one another. None of us expected a pandemic to be part of our journey, but here we are. But this does not change that we walk it with Christ and that we walk it with beauty, with kindness and with peace.

Song: In Beauty We Walk. Ian Callanan.
www.giamusic.com, G-8230
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

The first words Meredith sings are: “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear?” This is the foundation of our strength as believers. God is our salvation. This virus and the its impact has made us face the reality that we are not in charge of everything. For most of us it is frightening to think about how much is outside of our control. Many of us are facing this reality right now, but it is always true… God is in control and we belong to him. Let us take this time to contemplate that we are all in the hands of the Lord who loves us and is watching over us all.

Song: Belong. Chris DeSilva.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Today’s musical meditation needs no introduction.  Catholics around the world find immense inspiration in this beautiful rendition of the Hail Mary.  We invite you to relax, enjoy and honor our greatest saint! 

Ave Maria!

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Where is God in a pandemic?  Where is God when we are suffering?  Where is God when tragedy hits?  In today’s musical mediation Meredith sings the ancient faith of the church:  God is near.  God knows when we sit and when we stand.  We are never abandoned.  God will see us through this pandemic.  Let us trust him, patiently doing what me must and helping those we can

 

Song: You are Near, Dan Schutte.
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Monday, March 23, 2020

Today’s musical meditation, “On Eagle’s Wings” is based on Psalm 91 and contains a beautiful image of God: God is like a powerful mother bird, sheltering her young under her wings. We can rely on God to be with us, protecting us with love, throughout our lives. Even in this face of this pandemic, we can rely that God will see us through this safely. We must trust and confront our fear with faith.

Song: On Eagle’s Wings, Fr. Jan Michael Joncas. www.ocp.org, 97843
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Saturday, March 21, 2020
In today’s musical reflection Meredith sings for us “Give Me Jesus.”  This song echos the longing in our hearts on the eve of another Sunday when we will not have access to the Lord in the Eucharist.   As we ponder our longing, let us take this time to reflect on how blessed we are to have the sacraments and the community of the Church, which we must do without for now, for our good and the good of our neighbors.

Friday, March 20, 2020
For today’s musical medication we bring you a timely and beloved piece of our Franciscan tradition:  the Peace Prayer.  We need peace in our hearts todayto face what we must face: to slow down, to support those who are sick and those who care them and for those suffering financially from the impact of this virus.  If we are   sick, may the Lord bring us his healing and peace, if we are well, may we be channels of His peace.