How to Pray in the Storm

"I have been feeling in a funk lately, and I imagine many of you reading right now are internally nodding in agreement. While we all have our individual, unique crosses during this time, we share ones too. In the midst of the funk, I decided to go back and read the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi address that he gave that stunning night in March. I was glad I did, and I encourage you to do the same.

In his address, he paints a striking comparison between the darkness of our current world (which, since March, seems to only have gotten darker) and the storm at the sea of Mark 4. It is evening, there’s a storm, and Jesus is sleeping. I remember listening to his address and being struck by his implication: the pandemic is not ultimately the darkness. It has simply exposed darkness that we have been living with for quite some time. “We carried on regardless, thinking we would stay healthy in a world that was sick. Now that we are in a stormy sea, we implore you: ‘Wake up, Lord!’”

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