From Sister Sangeeta Ayithamattam
President of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth
Yesterday evening, in the gentle rain, I was a lonely soul walking the grounds of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The sacred and beautiful grounds that our Foundress, Catherine Spalding walked.
I was kind of awestruck as I walked, by this unfamiliar sight – nobody was walking; not a single car on the road or in the parking areas by the church or in the usual parking places. There was a strange kind of silence around. In that silence I heard the birds chirping and singing; I saw the lovely forsythias and daffodils in bloom. I heard myself say, Spring is almost here, a time of hope! A time to notice the beauty and anchor our hearts in things that really matter in our lives.
Within the past few weeks, our lives have taken a strange turn with the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus. All of a sudden, we are uncertain, anxious and aware of the fragility of our lives.
In a way this time of crisis connects us to the true meaning of the season of Lent; we feel a special solidarity with our brothers and sisters as one family of God; those who are sick, those who lost their jobs, those who have lost their loved ones to this virus.
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and our Associates are united with you in prayer in this crisis time. We pray for those infected that they receive proper treatment and the comfort of God’s healing presence. May their caregivers be protected. May God help us to be people of hope and deep faith.
We ask for the blessing of Catherine Spalding who walked the streets of Bardstown and Louisville caring selflessly and compassionately for the victims of Cholera as we pray for your wellbeing. You can count on our prayerful support and solidarity with you.