Coronavirus is everywhere now. Literally and figuratively.
As of last night, there are almost 185,000 diagnosed cases in 159 countries, areas, or territories.
And that number is growing.
Talk of Coronavirus consumes the news, social media, inboxes, and conversations.
And rightfully so.
This is a serious pandemic that places us all at risk … physically, emotionally, financially, and even spiritually.
Here we are in Lent, a time when we committed to doing more … but now we’re asked to go home and hunker down. Indefinitely.
Many of us can’t even go to Mass.
Meanwhile our livelihoods are at stake with furloughs, layoffs, and a plunging stock market.
As Catholics, we trust we will get through this with the Lord’s help.
Genuflect wants to help too. This week we bring you the top resources for surviving the Coronavirus quarantine. We look at what Coronavirus is, how to stick with Lent, various virtual resources for Mass and prayers, some spiritual as well as fun ways to spend your extra time, and help for parents who find themselves having to homeschool.
You will all be in my prayers during this challenging time.
Stay home. Social distance. Wash your hands. And Keep Believing-
Founding Editor, Genuflect
This informative article was written by a handful of physicians. It’s an important place to start to gain a fundamental understanding of what Coronavirus is, how it’s spread, what’s at risk, and what we can do about it.
Sticking With Lent
You planned out your Lent with extra Masses, Stations of the Cross, prayers, volunteering, and more. And then the Coronavirus hit. How are you supposed to practice Lent when you can’t even attend a Sunday Mass? It’s easier than you think. Here are 4 ways you can still experience personal transformation this Lent.
How to Stick With Lent During Coronavirus | Catholic Stand
What to do Without Mass
Dioceses around the world are suspending public Mass during the Coronavirus pandemic, including Rome. But don’t fall victim to a spiritual drift. Use this time to deepen your relationship with God through prayer. Here are 10 things you should do until public Masses return.
10 Things You Should do Until Public Masses Return | National Catholic Register
During this time of crisis when access to our churches has been cut off, we are fortunate to have many resources just a click away. Here’s a handy list of Masses, prayers, retreats and novenas.
Spiritual Resources For Times of Isolation | GodzDogz
Daily Mass Online
Just because you can’t go to Mass doesn’t mean you can’t attend Mass. Bishop Robert Barron is posting video of the daily Mass held each morning in his personal chapel. Follow along and continue to pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus.
Daily Mass | Word on Fire
If you’re forced to miss Mass due to the Coronavirus quarantine or hospitalization, pray this special prayer of spiritual communion. It’s the next best thing.
Medical professionals and governments around the world are doing all they can to stop the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. We’re doing our part with social distancing. But there’s even more we can do. Archbishop William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore and Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, invites us all to join in this Novena against Coronavirus.
Archbishop Lori Encourages Novena Prayer Against Coronavirus | Archdiocese of Baltimore
Thrive Through The Quarantine
The quarantine is drastically changing our daily lives. And it looks like it’s here to stay for a while. There are ways we can not only survive, but thrive during these uncertain times. Here are 10 great ideas we can all try.
10 Ways to Survive (And Thrive) Through Days of Quarantine | Catholic Mom
John Paul II’s Prudent Advice
It’s normal for some panic to set in anytime you don’t know what’s ahead. And one thing we do know is … we don’t know what’s ahead. Thanks to advice from John Paul II, we do know how we should respond during this pandemic. This is the prudent response for us Catholics.
Spiritual Reading Time
You may find yourself with more time on your hands during the Coronavirus quarantine … whether self imposed or not. It’s a great time to pick up some new spiritual reading or spend more time in prayer. Here are 8 books and 7 prayers to help bring you peace during the quarantine.
Spiritual Reading + Prayers in a Time of Quarantine | Blessed is She
Visit the Vatican
Vatican City is on lockdown, and that includes all the museums. But during this unprecedented time, you can tour 7 Vatican Museums for free from the comfort of your home computer or phone! Read more about the tour and their Instagram masterpiece postings … and visit the Vatican Museums virtually today.
The Vatican Museums: Just a Click Away! | Vatican News
There’s a Saint For That
If you’re looking for a Saint to pray to for Coronavirus intercession, look no further than Saint Corona. She was martyred at the age of 16 in 170 A.D. and is the patron saint of pandemics. I’m not making this up! Check out this heroic young lady’s story.
School is closed and kids are home, but the lessons must go on. Well, don’t panic. Experienced homeschooling Mom Lacy Rabideau comes to the rescue with 12 tips for non-homeschooling Moms, along with some ways to keep your sanity.
Catholic Hand Washing
You’ve been told to wash your hands for 30 seconds … as long as it takes you to sing the “A, B, C’s” song. Here’s the Catholic way to wash your hands. It uses the 30 seconds much more productively.
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