In the midst of this crisis in which we live, we want to share with you some good weekly news, news of hope, important or simple acts and gestures that unite us as a community of men and women of faith-driven by the force of hope.
Doctors Wear Photos Of Themselves Smiling To Ease Patients
While medical staff across the world are wearing PPE (personal, protective equipment) such as masks and overalls to keep themselves safe as they treat patients with Covid-19, some have oped to put photos of themselves smiling, along with their name, to put worried patients at ease.
This emergency doctor from San Diego, California shared his photo on Instagram, writing that his patients can now ‘se a reassuring and comforting smile’.
Bride And Groom Donate Food To NHS
The Coronavirus social distancing measures have meant many planned weddings have now been postponed.
One couple from East Yorkshire, were scheduled to marry last weekend. When the reception was called off, they chose to divert all of their catering to more than 400 hospital workers in Hull instead, reports the Independent.
The couple also did marry, with two witnesses instead of their planned 120 guests.
6-week-old Mason and 7-week-old Ava, from the UK, are among youngest to beat COVID-19
(England): Mason Atton, of Chesterfield, England, and Ava da Silva Jules, from London, are among the youngest to recover from COVID-19. In both cases, they presented high fever, Ava developed wheezing and stopped taking her milk. The babies are now home with their respective families. 🙏🏼❤️
In just four days Captain Tom has raised over £1million for the #NHS 👏
San Diego Zoo Begins Virtual Celebration For 50th Anniversary Of Earth Day
San Diego Zoo Global Monday began a virtual Earth Day celebration, where online visitors can participate in activities and gain access to educational resources while learning ways to co-exist with nature.
The zoo’s programs for Earth Day’s 50th anniversary include allowing participants to study animal behavior, view and classify photos taken on remote trail cameras, a gorilla-themed coloring project for children and an Earth Day nature scavenger hunt.
Earth Day is celebrated globally on April 22 and was first celebrated in 1970. — City News Service
A Perfect Rainbow Appears In New York City
New York State is the worst hit area of the United States when it comes to the Coronavirus pandemic, with more than 100,000 confirmed cases.
On Easter Monday, residents in the city were given something to smile about as a full rainbow appeared over the Hudson river.
Pope at Mass: May common difficulties lead to greater unity
Pope Francis invites us at Mass on Tuesday to discover that unity is greater than any division, and urges us to seek security in God alone.
Cardinal Collins: May the Risen Lord be our hope and joy
Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto prays for friends and families in the Archdiocese of Toronto and beyond, in his Easter message for 2020.
From a young migrant, educated as an atheist, to bishop in Albania
He arrived in Italy by boat in 1993, became a welder, discovered the faith that his grandmother had transmitted to him by singing, and became a priest. Three years ago, he returned to Albania. The Pope has appointed him an auxiliary bishop of Tiranë.
Vatican Museum: Beauty that unites! 22
Beauty creates communion. It unites onlookers from a distance, uniting past, present and future. Pope Francis has recalled this on a number of occasions. The Church has always translated the universality of the Good News into the language of art. From this premise, this dramatic moment in history characterized by uncertainty and isolation, gives rise to this initiative which is a partnership between the Vatican Museum and Vatican News: Masterpieces from the Vatican Collection accompanied by comments from the words of the Popes.
Act of Love
O Lord God, I love you above all things
and I love my neighbor for your sake
because you are the highest, infinite and perfect
good, worthy of all my love.
In this love I intend to live and die.
We shall be changed… and we are
The “Messiah” music is a book over 40 pages long, with 53 arias, airs, choruses, recitatives and symphonic pieces telling the life of Christ through the church year, spanning Advent, Christmas, the life of Jesus, Lent, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost and the end of time. It is based on biblical text, including Old Testament passages of Isaiah, Lamentations, Malachi, Zechariah and the Psalms, and New Testament passages from the Gospels, Romans, Hebrews and Revelation.
From darkness to light, from despair to hope
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us …
Where is God in the agony of coronavirus?
Now is a time to remember that our world is one — and our cosmic Jesus is suffering in it.
Now is a time to trust in God’s pain-filled power to save.
During a season of Resurrection that still feels like Good Friday, where are we invited to “do what we can?”
What beautiful act reflects our own solidarity with a suffering world?
On the header, picture obtained from: https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/g31658888/coronavirus-covid-19-good-news/