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Lord, bring back pro sports... also help COVID patients, probably

Updated: Apr 3, 2020

Amid the frustration of losing group singing, weekly sacraments, pickup AND fantasy basketball, and that familiar sense of endearment I get as I set my plate down on the sticky surface of a wobbly table at the Ratty... Lord, through the intercession of our Blessed Mother, protect your servants' omelet station... I've been trying to pray more deeply and often at home, if for nothing else than having something to do. As part of this effort, I've been looking up and reading the daily scripture passages and trying to discern a theme running through them to think about for the rest of the day. Most of the time, the conclusion I reach is that Jesus wants the Giants to win the Super Bowl this year, but sometimes all I can come up with is something less exciting like "Now, more than ever, put your trust in God" or "He calls to us in our distress, if only we have ears to hear Him." These latter ones are much more boring, and don't indicate much about the playoff success of my burly brothers in blue, but at least they give me something to think about as the number of cases in New York double every three days. 

In all seriousness, though, it's scary facts like these that confront us with a choice: put our trust God or rotate randomly between cynicism, anxiety, forced nonchalance, and angry finger-pointing, all of which, I believe, are natural but ultimately counterproductive impulses. I've experienced all of them at various points recently, and they always put me in a bad mood which makes me feel less inclined to put my energies into something constructive like prayer. Remember, though: Jesus told us that all things are possible with God, and that definitely includes an end to this pandemic. Friends, now more than ever, amid chaos and confusion, I invite you all to pray for God's help. Pray for those affected by the virus in big ways and small. Pray for our communities, pray for our most vulnerable, and pray for yourselves. I believe that God is calling us to turn even more zealously toward Him during this crisis, and to give him an even more authentic "Yes" than perhaps we've had obvious cause to give before. Know that you're in my prayers and please feel free to reach out to me at (917) 586-0314. God bless and stay safe!

Dan Tully is a freshman concentrating in Behavioral Decision Sciences and sent us this post from Brooklyn, NY.

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