The world is a crazy place right now. Fear is everywhere and it seems like we are living each day not knowing what is going to come next. This week, our campus at the Mount has been closed off from visitors and most of the staff for the foreseeable future. We have had to keep all the doors locked even during work hours. The Sisters in the Villa are being closely monitored and cared for by our amazing nursing staff. The housekeeping staff has been doing a great job of keeping our buildings sanitized and wiped down. The kitchen staff is taking measures to keep the dining room safe for all. Even though many things have changed during this past week, one thing remains the same—the Sisters coming together in prayer.
During this period of uncertainty, the Sisters start their day with daily Mass and lift prayers during that time as they do every morning. Then at breakfast, they pray Pope Francis’s prayer for an end to the coronavirus. At 11:30 a.m. they then pray the Rosary. Sister C.J. Olinger says she also offers it for an end to the coronavirus. The Sisters then end with a prayer to Our Lady of Prompt Succor. The amazing part about this is that the power of the Sisters prayers can move mountains and I know that firsthand.
A few weeks ago, there was some uncertainty about my husband’s job. There was a chance that he could either get laid off or transferred out-of-state for another position. I really did not want to leave Owensboro and this wonderful job. We were also in the process of buying our first home together, so the timing could not have been worse. I sent over a prayer request to be sent out and within a few days, my husband’s company went from signing a one-year deal to a five-year contract. To say we are relieved is an understatement.
To make a long story short, we are so lucky to have such wonderful prayer warriors on our side during this time. We must keep the faith in the Lord and keep praying with the Sisters as much as we can! I’ll leave you all with a verse that seemed fitting right now–
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.” 2 Chronicles 7:13-15