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Prayer for an unusual Lent

This has been a very unusual Lent. We have been given a reminder that how we sacrifice is not always up to us. In our area, as in most of the country, we are currently urged to distance ourselves from one another in order to prevent the spread of a virus that is unprecedented. We are challenged to find new ways to communicate, new ways to protect ourselves and those we love, and even new ways to pray. Our churches are temporarily closed, sacraments are suspended, and our standard ways of keeping holy the Sabbath are thwarted. One thing that we know for certain: we can be assured that we still have a constant connection with God.

God cares

In 1 Peter 5:7-10 we read “Cast all your anxieties on [God], for [God] cares about you. Be sober, be watchful… Resist [the devil], firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world.”

Amidst all the prescribed “social distancing” we are still not alone. Jesus’ message to his apostles in Gethsemane was to “watch and pray” as he went off to be alone for a while. Jesus’ message to us is also to watch and pray, particularly as we spend these days in ways we never imagined. We are called to join in the sacrifice that Jesus offered freely, and we can expect that the good that comes from this sacrifice will go well beyond the discomfort that it causes.

Blog post author Marilyn Rausch at prayer

Reflect, watch and pray

In the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary, we reflect on the surrender of Jesus so that we could share in the greatest love of all. Step by step, we are asked to join in that surrender, giving our anxiety, our bodies, our pride, our will and all of ourselves to that Love. We are all part of a divine plan…we only need say “yes.” As Jesus accepted the cup that was given him to drink, we are asked to drink of a different cup not chosen by us. Jesus’ gift was for us to share deeply in the life given us. Joining in his suffering and surrender allows us to extend that gift to our fellow pilgrims on the journey. 

You are invited to offer this Lenten prayer based on the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary. Through Sacred Scripture, meditation, reflection through the words of our Saint Mother Theodore, intercession and prayerful response, we walk through and share these moments with Jesus. While spending time alone, we are still able to join with our family, our faith community, and all who share in the call to watch and pray…

A prayer for Lent based on the Sorrowful Mysteries

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Marilyn Rausch

Marilyn Rausch, a Providence Associate since 2014, has been associated with the Sisters of Providence most of her life. She was educated by the sisters for 16 years and a member of the Congregation for nine. A retired family practice physician, Marilyn lives with her husband Mike in Indianapolis, Indiana. She spends her time with her five grandchildren, serving in various positions in her parish, and camping with a family camping organization (Family Campers and RVers).

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4 Comments

  1. Paula Modaff, SP on March 22, 2020 at 7:51 am

    Thank you, Marilyn, for your inspiring and practical reflection.

  2. Margaret Quinlan on March 22, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Marilyn, thank you for your beautiful reflection. Blessings on you and your family, especially during these strange days.

  3. Jane Fischer, PA on March 25, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you, Marilyn. We had a quiet day also on St. Joseph’s Feast which is the day the Sisters of Providence arrived at their first school off the grounds of SMW — in Jasper, IN. Eventually, as you know, they staffed three schools in that little community — what education and inspiration they gave us!

  4. Eileen Horan on March 25, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Thank you for your reflection, Marilyn. May God give us the faith and courage we need to watch and pray during these uncertain times. God bless you and Mike and your family with continued good health.

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