Finding God During a Pandemic

Prayers and Reflections to Help During this Time

Each day brings an inundation of news stories and uncertainty about what the future holds. Here, we have collected some of the best prayers and reflections that we have seen.

Pope Francis' Urbi et orbi

Pope Francis meditated on the calming of the storm from the Gospel of Mark during last week's prayer service over which he presided on the steps of St Peter's Basilica on Friday evening. 

Click here to watch the video and read the full text.

COVID-19: Discerning a path to God

"The current experience of COVID -19 is showing us many things about ourselves and our world. In particular, I want to focus on how it is lighting up various aspects of our path to God and how, even in difficult times, there is consolation to be found."

Click here to watch Fr. Arturo Sosa's message as the Society of Jesus, in solidarity with the whole world, lives in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Webinar: The Jesuit Mission in a Time of Uncertainty and COVID-19

Fr. General Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, spoke to Jesuits, Jesuit partners, and people of good will around the world about the challenges of looking forward in a time of uncertainty.

Click here to watch this webinar with Fr. Sosa.

A Coronavirus Prayer

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Click here for the full prayer in English. In Spanish. In Italian.

Spirituality in a Time of Quarantine

"What would Jesus do? Jesus would tell you to stay home for your own good and the good of your neighbor.

But is that it? As Christians, we know that spirituality is not just about avoiding evil. It is also about doing good. Every crisis is an opportunity to do good. Here are some suggestions about what individuals, families, neighbors and parishes can do during this quarantine." Click here for more.

Reflections and Resources in Light of COVID-19

An Examen for Life During COVID-19

Responding in Prayer, Reflection, and Solidarity: Coronavirus Resources, as the Jesuit and broader Catholic network responds in unique ways with love, compassion, and new means of building community, ISN will compile them in this space.

Hope & Community in the Time of Coronavirus, a reflection by Rachel Drotar, from ISN's daily Lenten reflection series, Radical Hope: Lent 2020

Coronavirus: A Reminder that We Are All Connected, a letter to students from Dr. Philip Metres, professor of English and the director of the peace, justice, and human rights program at John Carroll University.

Coronavirus: News, Reflections, and Analysis

Faith in the time of Coronavirus, by Fr. James Martin, S.J.

Pope Francis' Prayer to Mary During Coronavirus Pandemic

How Catholics Should Respond to Coronavirus, by the Editors

Prayer in a Time of Anxiety

When I’m Social Distancing I Need Christ: Resources to Finding God During the Coronavirus Pandemic

We have put together a list of resources that could aid your discovering God’s presence through virtual communities in a time of social distancing.

Information from AJCU on the Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Jesuit Colleges and Universities

As of Monday, March 16, staff members for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) are working from home for at least the next two weeks. Click here for links to webpages with information from Jesuit colleges and universities on ways that they are addressing the coronavirus (COVID-19) on their campuses, along with video messages from presidents.

A Meditation for the Anxious During COVID-19

"Become aware of your breath. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Bring your breathing under control. It’s hard. We’re in uncertain times, uncharted waters. Our breaths might be short, panicked. We may have forgotten to breathe all together..."

Click here to read the entire meditation.

Pray at Home Resources

Pray at home resources during this time.

Interactive Rosary and Stations of the Cross

Join us by conference call for an interactive Rosary, every day at 12:00 PM (EDT) To join us in prayer, please call this number a few minutes before 12:00pm (EDT): (646) 769-9900 (Conference ID:  07960#).

Interactive Stations of the Cross, led by Rev. George Collins, S.J., every day (including weekends), at 6:30pm (EDT). To join in the stations, please call this number a few minutes before 6:30pm (EDT): (646) 769-9900 (Conference ID:  07960#).

Online Ignatian Resources for Lent 2020

As we come to terms with what the coronavirus and associated quarantining and social distancing have done to upset our lives, we still seek solace in the spirituality of our faith and this Lenten season. Click here for a list of resources from the greater Jesuit and Ignatian community.

Read more.

Parishes Live-Streaming Masses

During this time of Mass cancellations, suspensions and closures, many Catholic churches around the country are still able to celebrate Mass and offer live-streams for those of us unable to attend in person.

Our Lady of Hope (Portland, ME) Radio Mass of Baltimore Paulist Fathers' Motherhouse (NYC)

Mon-Fri: 9am, 7pm

Sat: 4:30pm; Sun: 7am, 9am

St. Ignatius Church (Baltimore, MD)
live video stream or audio only

Sun: 9:00am, 6:00pm

Mon-Fri: 12:10pm

Sun: 10am, 12:30pm (Spanish), 5:15pm

St. Raphael (Raleigh, NC)

St. Thomas More (Atlanta, GA)

St. Francis Xavier (NYC)
Sun: 9:30am, 2:30pm (Spanish) Link to Daily Masses Sun: 11:30am

Click here for a full listing of the Jesuit parishes and ministries live-streaming Mass every day of the week, courtesy of America Media.


a poem by Lynn Ungar

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

Recent News

The Office of Ignatian Spirituality (OIS) is hosting two virtual info sessions for a new initiative call "CURA." The first session will be from 5:00pm-6:00pm on October 1, and the second will be from 12:00pm-1:00pm on October 14.

September 8, 2020 – This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for Respect for the Planet’s Resources. We pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.

August 12, 2020 – These two Ignatian examens are intended to guide prayerful reflection on the role that race, racism, and racial bias play in our lives and society. The first examen is written for everyone. The second is written primarily for people who identify as white.

August 12, 2020 – In early March, Jesuit ministry changed nearly overnight. Emails poured in, summarized in the word “canceled.” Masses were canceled. Retreats were canceled. Even Holy Week, for a moment, seemed like it might effectively be called off. But with remarkable speed toward the end of the Lenten season—no doubt attributable to the adaptability innate to the Jesuit way of proceeding—the ministry of Ignatian spirituality moved online.

Elaine Ireland and Jim Palmer from Loyola on the Potomac Jesuit retreat house will lead our Examen Live! on Aug. 14, 2020, at 12:30 PM Eastern. At the end of the week, let's take a deep breath, remember that we are in the presence of God, and spend a few minutes in prayerful reflection. Sign up to receive updates and reminders.

August 3, 2020 – This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for The Maritime World. We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families. Our world cries out for healing and renewal. May we place our hand into the hand of the God who calmed the seas that his beautiful gift of creation may be restored and all whose lives depend on the fruits of the ocean be protected, this day and always. As one, may we rejoice and give thanks. Amen.

On the eve of the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, we gather (online) to pray as one Ignatian community for healing, justice, and peace. Join us on Thursday, July 30, from 7:00-7:30 PM ET for this bilingual prayer service.

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