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.
Pope Regina Coeli: God’s voice brings true peace
On this Good Shepherd Sunday, Pope Francis underlines the importance of being able to distinguish the voices of good and evil.
UK Coronavirus Vaccine Trials Get Underway
Today (23 April), the first human trials of a potential Covid-19 vaccine get underway from the University of Oxford. Scientists working on the vaccine say the injection they are developing has an 80% chance of success reports Sky News.
Intensive Care Units Enjoy The Sunshine
A Covid-19 patient in ITU is given some ☀️ therapy. Whoever the two members of staff are, you are so kind and compassionate. Seeing this photo proves what we already know: this Trust cares.
It’s not just chefs and cooks who are using their skills to support the NHS (see below), other creatives are also burgeoning with ideas.
Earlier this month, artist Tom Croft launched #PortraitsforNHSHeroes to paint a free oil portrait of an NHS workers to the first who messaged him via Instagram. He has since enlisted 500 other artists for the initiative to pair them with a healthcare worker working on the frontline to paint or sketch for free. When the pandemic is over, he hopes to hold an exhibition of the powerful portraits.
GSR readers share how the coronavirus has changed their communities, part two
Global Sisters Report recently asked readers how COVID-19 has affected the way they keep community and form/maintain relationships. Readers responded with how they use prayer, online meetings, and snail mail and phone calls to stay in touch. Answers have been edited for length and clarity.
Discovering new ways to serve
EL PASO, TEXAS — As I like to define it, I just completed another rotation around the sun. I celebrated my birthday April 20, and like many other birthdays for my introverted self, I spent it relaxing at home. I often prefer chill nights in with my family and friends over extravagant parties and dancing all night, but this year, I didn’t even get to choose.
My housemates and friends (at a safe social distance) still made the day feel special despite the limitations on our celebration.
Being known by God
“Why are you crying?” I asked my 3-year-old niece.
“I’m not cwying,” she replied through frustrated sobs. “I am twying to make you unduhstand because you do not unduhstand me.”
Vocations Sunday: The courage to say yes to God’s call
As World Day of Prayer for Vocations is observed, people are being encouraged to say “yes” to God’s call.
This Sunday, 3 May, marks the 57th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. It is a day that is set aside by the Church to encourage people to reflect and discern God’s call to them.
The Church celebrates the 57th World Day of Prayer for Vocations
As the Church observes the 57th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations on 3 May, dioceses throughout the world promote vocations in various ways.
On the header, painting by Barry Miller, obtained from https://www.instagram.com/p/B-4HXZJH2pu/?utm_source=ig_embed