Prayer Intention Wall
All members of the USF community are invited to submit prayer intentions for our virtual prayer wall. We invite you to hold these and all of the hopes and prayers of our community in your hearts.
Respect (everyone) & Peace & no more violence
My prayers for Father Kendall, who's such a wonderful friend. May he rest in peace now.
For an end to racial segregation, hatred and bigotry. For those with privilege to speak up and act. For the institutions that oppress to be overturned.
With prayers for the repose of the soul of Fr. Dan Kendall, SJ, who passed away on May 26. With thanks for his life and support of so many at USF over his many years of teaching in the Theology & Religious Studies department. May he rest in peace.
In thanksgiving for the life of Sr. Mary Peter Traviss, OP, longtime faculty member in the School of Education and founder of the Catholic Education Leadership (CEL) program. May she rest in peace.
For M. Ahumada who has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. May the Lord give M. and her family comfort and strength during this difficult time.
For my father who was diagnosed with brain cancer, Glioblastoma, in the middle of a pandemic – Saturday, May 2nd, during the month of brain cancer awareness. He will undergo surgery Thursday, May 7th. Hopefully, all goes well and I'm looking forward to him getting through this. We are building strength through social distance and keep his spirits up through facetime! Anything is appreciated! The timing of it all seems so surreal.
The children and my husband, who are all suffering and sad for many different reasons. My parents and in-laws who are far away and risk. Send peace and comfort to all of my family, I pray.
For my friend Kimmi's husband, Derrick, who was just diagnosed with COVID-19.
For my mom, who will be undergoing surgery for her breast cancer. May she have a speedy recovery and come out of surgery healthy and well.
In sympathy over the death of three family members of Professor Richard Greggory Johnson, III (SOM) -- his father, Richard Gregory, Jr., and his maternal aunts Emma Allen & Annettee McFadden, all three of whom passed away from complications of Covid-19 in NY and NJ this month.
For the soul of S. V. Venkatesan, father of Aparna Venkatesan, who passed away in India on March 24 in Chennai, India, and for Aparna and her family.
Rabbi Richard Address
In the midst of this, there have been increasingly stories of heroism. Our health care workers and first responders. Little acts of kindness neighborhood by neighborhood. It is as if, slowly, there is the recognition that, to cite Shavuot 39a, we are all responsible one for the other; that when something happens a half a world away, it does impact us here; that we are really all one inter-connected life form.
Elijah’s cup and that open door represent hope. Each of us will open a door, either physically or symbolically. Maybe it will, as result of this pandemic, be a symbol for a new open door of the soul. Maybe we can take from this collective experience a new reality that we are all this together and that if we allow division and hate to influence us, we contribute to the pre-pandemic “me” centered world of ignorance and the “golden calf” of personal entitlement. The Wilderness experience is the key symbol of our tradition. We are now, in many ways, working our way through this current wilderness. Passover, with its story, symbols and traditions, ultimately ends in hope.
I'm wishing everyone a meaningful Passover experience.
SHELTERING IN PLACE
May it be Your will God of our fathers and mothers,
That our sheltering in place be for health and healing,
Longevity and life, sustenance, renewal and love.
Let our best selves shine forth in these moments of uncertainty,
These moments of unfamiliar distances,
These moments that may yield stress or conflict,
Confusion or despair.
Let peace arise inside us.
Let kindness flow between us.
Let deliverance rise up from heaven,
And let health and goodwill radiate throughout the world
As a river of blessings.
I hope everyone is making the most of their free time. When quarantine ends, I hope everyone has developed their skills and hobbies and took the self-care time they needed to bounce back fully into life. Everyone's been hyperfocused around physical health lately but I think mental health is just as important during this time. Always remember you're never alone.
I'd like to hold in our prayer all of the vulnerable communities who have and will be impacted by COVID19. Farmworkers, immigrants, refugees, domestic violence victims, undocumented families, single parents, foster youth, black and brown children, and homeless individuals. May we use this crisis to be kind and human to one another instead of selfish and inhumane.
Dearest Lord, Please help my brother, Matthew, a nurse who contracted COVID19 and right now cannot breathe and is coughing blood. I pray for healing and strength also to equip the doctors and medical professionals to help him get the necessary medications and ways to help him get better from this virus. I pray please Lord Jesus please have mercy and take care of my brother and the will to fight for his life and for the sake of his family. I pray please Lord heal us and be our refuge because we hold on to you in this time of crisis. These I pray for in the name of Jesus Our Lord and Savior. Amen.
My prayer, other than the health and safety of our world, is for 2 friends who are very sick with unrelated illnesses to COVID-19. One with cancer and one with diabetes. May the God of healing be with them. And everyone. Amen.
For all medical staff around the world, and their families.
For all the countries without the capacity to attend the COVID-19 contingency.
For all the seniors with more vulnerable health conditions.
For our politicians, God, please provide them the wisdom to get the decision to protect lives.
For the farmers, essential workers and their efforts during the contingency.
For my parents, in Colombia, for my family. Especially for my father during his cancer treatment, God you are first in our lives, please stay with us with all your misericordia.
For the USF community. Thanks God for all of them.
On Cesar Chavez Day (March 31), I give thanks for his legacy for justice, and for the farm, grocery and food workers who continue to labor today so that we may have food on our tables. For their well-being, just wages, and full equality & opportunity in every way.
For the mystical body of Christ, suffering under the weight of the COVID-19 virus and all our other afflictions, that we stay united to Christ, tormented on the cross, until we see Him face-to-face in the eternal paradise.
For those unsung heroes producing our food and supplies along with those selling and delivering them, allowing us to maintain the best physical distancing we can.
Wishing that those that continue to put their lives in danger, so that others can survive, are kept safe. My endless gratitude for health care providers, from doctors and nurses, all the way to suppliers, organizers and cleaning people. Every hope that you stay healthy and that you keep doing your job to keep as many of us alive as possible.
Wishing well for those that supply us with groceries and all the other critical needs so that we can live our day to day lives.
And...wishing well for all those that can't work right now, who are living in fear of where their next paycheck will come from, or how they will survive.
May we find our way out of this darkness to a better day and a better world.
For all members of the health care profession.
For those who are sick.
For those who are living alone.