“For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord”
The outbreak of the Coronavirus epidemic, with the growing number of victims, infected people and quarantined people around the world, is very alarming.
Our General Superior, Sister M. Margarete Ulager, O.S.F. wrote to the Sisters in all our Provinces in many countries and continents:
“We are in an unprecedented situation, in which more and more national borders of the continents are being closed, many people are suffering, entire economies are beginning to crumble and whole societies are being placed in quarantine. What this means for every aspect of human life, social, existential, sociological, economical and more, is a matter of great uncertainty, severe restrictions and stress for people all over the world. We have been shown how vulnerable, open to attack and interdependent we all are at the end of the day. Faced with this world-wide situation, it is important for us not to shut down the borders of our hearts, but instead to open them wide so that we can find together new ways of living in solidarity, assistance and compassion, whilst not allowing people to become isolated.
The corona crisis and its implications will leave long-lasting marks on our society. It has demonstrated that not everything is feasible. Nonetheless, we can face up to the challenges forcefully, in solidarity and cohesion. Our international world-wide Congregation is a true example.
Our digital world is no substitute for genuine human encounters and interaction, but it shows that people can network and contact one another in situations like this. Dear Sisters, may we re-discover what is really precious, how we can help each other and assist those so urgently in need of help. Prayer and love have no boundaries.”
Having no other alternative we have cancelled all our international travels and conferences. It affects all of us living in three Continents. „In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” (Proverbs. 16:9)
We Franciscans assure you our prayers, for you and all who are close to your heart. At this challenging situation that affects the entire world let us continue relying on God. We pray that we are able to stay united, calm, and hopeful. Let us pray for the mercy of God. Over the Corona Crisis, let us not forget the refugees in our world who are still suffering, even often we might feel powerless in the face of so much suffer. They too need our prayers and support, wherever we can, our help.
Prayer is an almighty power. We should never forget this.