Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

May 25, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Bede the Venerable (c.673-+735) Patron Saint of English Writers and Historians

Acts of the Apostles 19:1-8

Psalm 68

John 16:29-33


At the Malvern Retreat House we pray that you and your families are well and safe as we endure yet another week of isolation from the world due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  We endure because, quite frankly, we have no choice.  The mandated order from our government officials to “stay at home” is designed to keep us safe and protected.   Eventually, we pray sooner rather than later, our world will return back to normal – or at least to a “new normal.”  What then?  Will our lives return to the pre-pandemic cares and woes, up’s and downs, and in’s and out’s of our lives?  After giving these questions considerable thought I may have come up with a solution.  I thought of a song performed and made famous in 1935 by the great American jazz artist “Fats” Waller.  The title of the song is, “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter.”    So I did just that!

Dear Jesus,

Do we really have to suffer in this world?  Can’t life be just a bit easier?  I know you tell us in today’s Holy Mass readings, “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage.”   Lord, our lives are hard, we have families that don’t quite work the way we want them to, marriages that are more challenging than we expected and children who push us away.  We sit with dear friends who are dying or watch families torn apart by divorce and have little to no control to help them.  And now we are walking on cracked eggshells due to a virus we have never confronted before.  Lord, we love You, but where are you in all of this?

You ask us to “take courage.”  Thank You!  This is when I remember that you care about us in a deeply personal way.  You tell us “in Me you will find peace.”  We believe you!  But there are moments of crisis in our lives that we need to turn to You for guidance and help.  Maybe our families seem more out of control than we realize, we have financial concerns, our friendships are dwindling, and our careers may be failing.  In many cases, our lives feel empty and we don’t know how to fill them. 

How can we ever hope to get through all of this?   We cannot do it on our own.  Lord Jesus, in our suffering and in our pain, we turn to You and You alone.  We give up trying to be in total control of our lives and we remember that You are here for us, and love us unconditionally, especially in our sadness and pain.

Lord, we are so much like the disciples in today’s Gospel narrative, reassuring You that we understand Your message, and we are back in control.   You are always with us, opening your arms again and again as You hear our cries for help. 

Sweet Jesus, thank you for your faithfulness to us.  Thank you for caring, and for always being here for us.  In You we find peace, and comfort.  Please help us to remain in the peace of your loving embrace.

Lovingly, Your children. 

Question of the Day:  How will you find peace through our Lord Jesus?

Prayer:  Jesus, I trust in You!  Amen. 

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.


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