Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mission Column March 25, 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

The time is now to pray.


The world has turned upside down on all of us.  While many of us saw this coming, it is now here and we are entering a new phase of normal for our world.  The COVID -19, also known as the Corona virus, is tearing through our world leaving a path of sickness, death, and economic despair.


The Mission Office here in the Diocese of Ogdensburg realizes the fears you have.  We understand that the ripple effects of this affliction on all of us, even here in the Diocese of Ogdensburg which at times seems so far from the rest of the world.


The Mission Office appeals to all of you to follow state, federal and local guidelines as we fight the virus together.  Look out for each other.  Help each other where you can.  Realize that the fears we are dealing with now, is sometimes normal life in parts of the world known as the Mission Lands.  May we be resourceful in our utilization of our tools and treasures here to heal the world. 


As we go into the unknowing together, may we all remember to continue to have our faith.  Pray.  Be a good person.  Do good things.  Make a difference where you can.  Help your family, neighbors and community.  Take care of yourself and follow the advised protocols to keep this virus away. 


Remind yourself in prayer of the greatness of God.  “Heavenly Father, If someone is sick at this moment, I pray Lord kindly touch them and heal them, let them feel your joy and divine presence and make them whole again.  In Jesus’s mighty name, Amen. 


Take the time to pray now. Remember as hard as it may seem here, be assured its more challenging in the mission lands.  Keep them in your hearts at time like these we are now experiencing.  Be well. and God Bless. 

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