This Lent (2020), I was motivated by a few lines from a prayer of Transformation on this Website "Prayer of Transformation"
Inspire me to live the Catholic faith
in ways that are dynamic and engaging.
Show me how to best get involved in the life of my parish.
Make our community hungry for best practices
and continuous learning.
...so I decided to build a Website of reference materials to help me with this transformation.
March 18, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings in the Lord. I write to inform you of important decisions I am making in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As Christians, we place all our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing that our God is always with us and will always watch over us. As citizens of the state, we must do what we can to abide by the rules set up by legitimate authorities in order to promote (and protect) the common good. After a great deal of prayer and discernment, and in communion with all of the bishops of Florida, I am making the following pronouncements:
There are many options for participating in a Mass through TV or the Internet. Please see our webpage for links and times, www.ptdiocese.org. It is not possible to receive Holy Communion in this format, of course, and I am deeply saddened by this. At the same time, it gives us an opportunity to receive “Spiritual Communion,” which as Saint Thomas Aquinas wrote, is “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and a loving embrace as though we had already received Him.”
You can use the following prayer from St. Alphonsus Liguori to make a “spiritual communion”:
Not being able to attend Mass is a great sacrifice for us. We all hunger and thirst for the Real Presence in the Eucharist, and it is very difficult to have to forego that even for a little while. Let us unite our sense of longing with those who rarely or never have the opportunity to receive the Eucharist due to religious persecution, sickness, or the lack of priests.
I strongly encourage you to continue to “keep holy the Sabbath,” by reflecting on the Word of God (especially the readings for the day), reciting the rosary or the Divine Mercy Chaplet together, praying the Stations of the Cross, or in another manner.
We are all one in the Body of Christ. Let us pray for each other during this time of crisis and uncertainty. Please join me in praying for our brothers and sisters who are isolated or who are sick. We pray as well for the brave medical personnel and first responders, and all who are caring for the sick and quarantined. And let us not forget those who are lonely, afraid, depressed or anxious at this time.
I know that there will be questions regarding the sacraments (Baptism, Marriage, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick) and funerals, and I know that our priests will be able to minister to everyone in due time. They have always been there for us in the past, and they will certainly be with us in our need now.
Please pray for your priests. In addition to feeling the anxieties and concerns that we all have, they are dedicated to the spiritual care of all of us – even if that means putting themselves in harm’s way. This is a new situation for them just as it is for me, so please be patient with us and help us to come together as people of faith.
Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida will continue to provide services to those in need in our community. For updated information on seeking help, please visit www.ccnwfl.org .
You remain in my daily prayers. Thank you for your prayers for me.
In Christ’s Peace,
Most Reverend William A. Wack, CSC
Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee
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