Our Religious Education students and families were given a challenge: submit a picture, story, poem, activity or a prayer that has brought them comfort during this time of quarantine and social distancing. Anything counted that demonstrated their faith, hope, gratitude, and love of the Lord. We have loved seeing everything that was shared with us! See images and text below.
"During these hard times nightly-- we have as a family stopped to thank God for three things that we are grateful for. Nothing is too small or too silly for this exercise. Some of our things have inspired beautiful conversation. Together we’ve taken to praying a simple bedtime prayer in Spanish that roughly translated means:
Guardian Angel, sweet companion
Please stay with me during the night and the day
I ask that you take care of my mother, take care of my father, take care of my family and all those I love
Please take care of those in pain and those in need
And pray for this our special petition.
(Here we add a petition for a person, or issue).
This simple moment every night, gives us comfort and makes us feel good inside."
"I have been doing lots of puzzles and games of Uno with my family. I also did a chalk project with my sisters."
"We have deepened the family bond immeasurably and had discussions even with the younger kids about faith, being thankful for what we have and leaning on each other. Here is a photo of us wandering “off the beaten path” and enjoying something we don’t often do all together- a long stroll through nature at Palos Forest Preserve."
"One day at a time. If today didn’t go so good, you have a brand new day tomorrow."
"In response to the RE Challenge, I have been doing a lot of puzzles and reading, as shown in pictures below. I have also been getting better at praying."
"I walk with my family and my Nana (staying 6 ft. Away) almost every day. We walk close to 3 miles together. It reminds me of my love for family and God. It gives me hope."
"Kennedy likes to go on walks with her family and talk about how lucky and blessed we are to have each other! And saying her prayers every night, praying that everyone stays safe."
Your desire is for our wholeness and well-being.
We hold in tenderness and prayer
the collective suffering of our world at this time.
We grieve precious lives lost and
vulnerable lives threatened.
We ache for ourselves and our neighbors,
standing before an uncertain future.
We pray: may love, not fear, go viral.
Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely,
aligned with the common good.
Help us to practice social distancing
and reveal to us new and creative ways
to come together in spirit and solidarity.
Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence.
You, the God who does not abandon."
"Gavin wanted me to tell you that the activity that helps him calm down is to go on a bike ride and get fresh air. He also finds comfort cuddling and petting his dogs. Lastly praying each night before bed has helped. He wanted for me to send along the below pictures."
"This has been a really hard time for many of us. My mom is all alone, which is heartbreaking. My kids bring her so much joy and yet we can’t see her or spend time with her.
I’ve been making sure my kids and I laugh as much as we can, do things we typically don’t have a lot of time for such as puzzles and board games, long walks and bike rides, lots of baking and cooking and art/exploring our creative sides.
I hope I remember to look back at the quality time we’ve had together. I work full time and I might not have this type of time with my kids again.
Last, we make sure to pray a little extra these days and to share all the many reasons we are grateful."
"Laura practices her penmanship weekly."
"It is a great comfort to know that even in these times where you don't get to see friends everyday at school that they will still call you, and you can still call them.
It is also comforting to know that you can have your family in your house all together, without the threat of the outside pandemic. It is also nice that I get to spend more time during this pandemic with my parents and sister/dog (not that she enjoys it). I'm thankful that my grandparents are safe and fully stocked on food."
"Altar Serving from home"
"We all wrote prayers on paper for our prayer box. The proverb on the box is “Trust in the Lord with all your heart." My prayer was for the unemployed who now have no income."