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Norbert Bufka

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Thoughts during a pandemic



The pandemic we are fighting is a time for all of us to work together individually and collectively so we can get through the crisis with as little damage as possible. Here are some ideas:

Donate to organizations that are already helping people in need. They will need more resources now than ever.

Support people who are unemployed with whatever assistance you can give. This will depend on your status and the status of the recipient.

My parish is continuing to pay the employees during this crisis. i encourage people to increase their donations to the parish and any other non-profits who are continuing to pay their employees.

Instead of going to the grocer store find out if someone at the store will find your items and have them bagged for pickup.

Call or email your friends and relatives to find out how they are doing. The conversation will give you both comfort and support.

Write notes of support or encouragement to anyone, but perhaps those who maybe forgotten.

Focus on other people or a project to keep your mind off worrying, if you tend to be a worrier.

Share these ideas with others and come up with more ways to combat the crisis.


Prayer for a Pandemic


May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.


May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.


May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.


May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.


May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.


May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.


May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.


As fear grips our country, let us choose love.


During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be loving embrace of God to our neighbors.



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