I remember last December how everyone was looking forward to the end of 2020.
It was such a difficult year with the Coronavirus pandemic, lockdowns, closed churches, illnesses, deaths, lost jobs, closed businesses. Add to that all the stress and strife from the recent election.
We thought 2021 had to get better!
A short three months in and we have Washington DC’s government buildings protected by fencing, razor wire, and the military. A border crisis is mounting down South. Tensions are building again in the Middle East. And we’re still battling the Coronavirus.
I’m afraid even more storms are brewing on the horizon. This week’s issue of Genuflect is here to help us Catholics weather the storms that arise. We look at various ways to deal with crisis, including prayers, intercession of Saints, meditation, and more.
We may find ourselves wishing to go back to 2020, but it’s comforting to know that we have the Lord to carry us through our difficult times.
Founding Editor, Genuflect
Surviving The Storm
The storms in our world have changed and even intensified since this article was written 6 years ago, and yet the need to hold fast is still just as urgent. Sam Guzman lays out 4 key ways to face the storms and survive.
Hold Fast: 4 Ways to Survive the Cultural Storm | The Catholic Gentleman
We all experience major storms whether it’s the loss of a loved one, stress, or anxiety. When you find yourself in crisis, try this 5-step Examen from St. Ignatius of Loyola to help calm your heart and heighten God’s presence.
5 Steps For Praying When You’re Overwhelmed | Busted Halo
Weathering The Storm
Storms come at us from all sides. For Susan Skinner it was postpartum depression and suicidal thoughts. She discovered the two things that helped bring her through the storm, and continue to help her every day as new storms arise.
Do Not Be Afraid of The Storm | Catholic Stand
The Importance of Peace
The world is a loud and busy place. Rarely do we ever experience peace and quiet. And yet it’s silence that we need most during troubling times. Luis Martinez explains.
When God is Silent — Finding Spiritual Peace Amid The Storms of Life | Integrated Catholic Life
For Desperate Cases
Storms of desperation call for the Saint of desperate cases … Saint Jude. Judy Keane shares how he’s helped her on numerous occasions and provides the Novena to Saint Jude.
Saint Jude: Desperate Times Call For The Saint of Desperate Cases | Catholic Exchange
Saints Offering Protection
Ask for a little extra help during one of life’s storms. Saints are there to intercede on our behalf. Here are 7 Saints who you can call on when you’re in distress.
7 Saints Who Offer Protection From Harm | BeliefNet
Prayers For The Storm
Difficult times call for more prayer. Here are 5 prayers to help get you through your next storm.
Gifts From Storms
It’s not a matter of if we will experience a storm in life, but when. And when we do, this interesting perspective from Faith Noah may help. She makes the case that with every storm comes a gift from God.
He Even Gives Gifts in Storms | Life Teen
Stella Maris to Calm Storms
The Blessed Virgin Mary goes by many names. But one that I was unfamiliar with is Stella Maris. Here’s how she got this name, what it means, and why Mary is the calmer of storms.
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