Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As the coronavirus pandemic enters a new phase, I want to encourage those of us who may be feeling anxious (including myself) to ask, “What would Jesus say to me right now?” I am sure that he would say, “Do not be afraid! ‘Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature’ (Romans 8:38-39) can separate you from my love.”
We here at The Word Among Us want to assure you of our prayers and our support. And we want to inform you about some steps we are taking to help all of us stay connected to each other and to the Lord.
Since many of us will not be able to attend Mass, we have decided to unlock all the material on our magazine’s website, including our daily meditations. We would like to thank the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for allowing us to post the daily Mass readings on our website as well. We hope that many of you will take advantage of this opportunity to join the worldwide Church in prayer, even if you can’t join the brothers and sisters in your parish.
As many of you know, members of our staff gather three times each week to pray for the needs of all our readers. Even though we are not able to gather together at this time, we have committed to continuing our prayer remotely. We know that God hears his children every time we come to him with our needs, and we invite you to join us as well. You can also post your own personal prayer requests to wau.org/prayer so everyone can pray for your needs.
Finally, every couple of days, we will send out short reflections designed to encourage all of us to stay close to the Lord and to seek his comfort, his healing, and his guidance. You can expect these to come by email beginning early next week.
These are challenging times, but no matter what comes our way, we can rely on Jesus’ promise: “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20).