Surviving or Thriving: Hope in a Time of Pandemic

As we approach the Christmas season and prepare to ring in a New Year, few of us would have anticipated that our lives would continue to be besieged and turned upside down from a potentially deadly virus. Life in the midst of a pandemic has altered virtually every aspect of society. Every aspect of life has been impacted, including our life at home and our day-to-day activities.
In times that are steeped in extraordinary stress, it takes courage, commitment, and creativity to deal with that stress in ways that avoid regrettable actions. Everyone is vulnerable in times like these, including parents, children, educators, seniors that live alone, and all those that suffer from despair.

But there are signs of hope, even throughout these darkest of nights, there is no pandemic, there is no crisis that can extinguish the Light. Let us allow the Light of Christ to enter our hearts and let us lend a hand to those who need it most. In this way, God will be born anew in us and among us.

Wherever you may be, as we enter into the holiday season and welcome in 2021, know that you are not alone. Take refuge in the inspiration that the passages in this Surviving or Thriving series invite you into…Welcome, beautiful soul!

Weeks of February 7 & 14
"Letting Go and Giving All to God in 2021!"

Weeks of January 10 & 17
"So you’re about to watch a livestream Mass with a toddler" >

Weeks of December 27 & January 3
"The Darkness of Winter Welcomes Perfect Light" >

Weeks of December 13 & December 20
“Why We Need Advent Now More Than Ever" >

Weeks of November 29 & December 6
“A Simple Cure to Heal Our Afflicted Souls” >

Weeks of November 15 & 22
"Time to Combat Fatigue with Faith" >

Weeks of November 1 & 8
Midwest Jesuits Message of Gratitude >

Weeks of October 18 & 25
"The Young Artist and Athlete Who Continues to Inspire Even After His Death" >

Weeks of October 4 & 11
"What I Missed the Most in Quarantine" >

Weeks of September 20 & 27
"The COVID Catechesis of Pope Francis: We have an Opportunity to Turn Out Better Than Before the Crisis!"  >

Weeks of September 6 & 13
"How to Enjoy Life When Everything is Uncertain" >

Weeks of August 23 & 30
"Trust And Don't Be Afraid" >

Week of August 16
"Striving Versus Abiding: When to Rest and When It’s Okay to Say 'No!'" >

Week of August 9
"Pope Francis Shares His Vision for COVID-19 Aftermath" >

Week of August 2
"Is the Weariness and Anxiety of Isolation Getting to You?" >

Week of July 26
"Face Masks, Social Distancing, Standing in Line. This is the Saint I Turn to for Patience in the Pandemic" >

Week of July 19, 2020
"What Can We Do With Our Fear?" >

Week of July 12, 2020
"An Angelus Appeal from Pope Francis During the Coronavirus Pandemic" >

Week of June 28, 2020
"Love and Longing in the Time of Coronavirus" >

Week of June 21, 2020
A Message of Hope >

Week of June 14, 2020
Ben's Story >

Week of June 7, 2020
"Your Only Goal Is to Arrive" >

Week of May 31, 2020
"We Have the Holy Spirit, Even if We Can't Receive the Sacraments" >

Week of May 24, 2020

Week of May 17, 2020
Pope Francis' Prayer to Virgin Mary for Protection from Coronavirus >

Week of May 10, 2020
Things Every Frazzled Mom Needs to Hear > 

Week of May 3, 2020
An Examen for Life During COVID-19 >

Week of April 26, 2020
Coronavirus Prayer >

Week of April 19, 2020
An Anxious Person's Prayer >