During this time of crisis, we’ll share items for prayer, study and action on this page. Below in the “Prayer” section, we have commissioned a new prayer from one of our National Council members, Michelle Sherman, that folks throughout the Pax Christi USA community can pray daily during this crisis with the knowledge that we are speaking the same words and lifting our voices together as one.
For the rest of Lent, beginning with this fourth week of Lent, March 22-28, we’ll be posting new, original reflections on the Lenten readings framed in the context of this pandemic. The first one under “Study” is by Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Marie Dennis. While most of us cannot gather together, we hope that these reflections will help us to focus and meditate wherever we are on that intersection between our current moment and our scriptures.
- Click here to read the March 17th letter from Johnny Zokovitch, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA on our coronavirus response.
- Click here to read our latest update (March 24th) on our response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic during Lent
- Click here for our Holy Week, April 5-12, Prayer-Study-Action (PSA) e-bulletin, framed by the coronavirus pandemic.
- Fourth week of Lent, March 22-28, Prayer-Study-Action (PSA) e-bulletin
- Fifth week of Lent, March 29-April 4, Prayer-Study-Action (PSA) e-bulletin
- A prayer for peace and solidarity in a time of pandemic, a Pax Christi USA prayer in response to the coronavirus pandemic, by Michelle Sherman. We are encouraging our members and others to consider using this prayer daily during the crisis. This is one way of being in solidarity with others, reciting the same words and lifting our voices together.
- A special reflection/prayer service, for the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to download a PDF copy.
- Examen for life during COVID-19, by Susan Haarman
- March 19th, Pope Francis calls for worldwide rosary
- For March 22nd, a day of worldwide solidarity and prayer, we created a special reflection/prayer service, but it can easily be used and adapted throughout this time of the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to download a PDF copy.
- Join with Pope Francis on Wednesday, March 25th at 7am EDT for a worldwide praying of the Our Father. Join with Pax Christi USA members across the US in then reciting the prayer below immediately following.
- Full text of Pope Francis’s Urbi et orbi message from March 27th
- A reflection on the readings for Palm/Passion Sunday, April 5, citing the parallels between Jesus’s passion and the testing of this current moment in our history, by Rev. Joseph Nangle, ofm, Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace
- A reflection on the readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent, March 29, connecting the Lazarus story to what the choice to love looks like during this pandemic, by Cathy Crayton, Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace
- A reflection on the readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent, March 22, framed in the reality of the coronavirus pandemic, by Marie Dennis, Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace
- “COVID-19: Toward authentic security rooted in nonviolence,” by Marie Dennis, Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace
- “We must resist the ‘war’ on coronavirus,” by Pierre Thompson, Pax Christi Northern California regional representative
- “Why war-time metaphors fail us,” by Aaron Sanchez in Sojourners
- LISTEN: Finding presence in the midst of pandemic, a podcast by Richard Rohr
- “Love in a time of coronavirus,” by Ken Butigan, Pace e Bene and board member of Pax Christi International’s Catholic Nonviolence Initiative and
- Lockdown, a poem by Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM
- “Faith in the time of coronavirus,” by Fr. James Martin, SJ in America
- “Useful lessons from the coronavirus crisis,” by Rabbi Arthur Waskow
- “Spiritual Health Care: Social Distancing Without Social Isolation,” by Jim Wallis
- Pax Christi USA joined other sections in Pax Christi International in sending a letter to President Trump, Sec. Mnuchin and Secretary Pompeo asking that sanctions against Iran, Syria and in Gaza be suspended or eased during the pandemic; click here to read the letter, share it in your communities and leave a comment with a link to it on the White House contact page.
- From the Asian American Christian Collaborative: Sign the Statement on Anti-Asian Racism in the Time of COVID-19!
- From ColorOfChange: Tell ventilator manufacturers to allow hospitals to fix broken ventilators!
- From MediaJustice: Demand prison phone justice in COVID-19 relief efforts!
- From MomsRising: Protect incarcerated loved ones from COVID-19!
- From Win Without War: We Demand a Global Ceasefire! Join the UN Secretary General in calling for the nations of the world to enact a global ceasefire. Click here to add your name.
- From Win Without War: Demand that Trump suspend sanctions against Iran for 120 days!
- From Faithful America: Tell Congress! Protect the most vulnerable!
- From Color of Change: Demand a humane and just response to the outbreak for people in prisons, jails and detention centers
- From Faith in Action: Demand equitable access to testing, treatment and financial support!
ORGANIZATIONAL ACTIONS WE HAVE UNDERTAKEN
- Faith Community Letter on COVID-19
- COVID-19 Lifeline Emergency Access sign-on letter
- Letter asking the FCC to Help Incarcerated People During COVID-19
- IMF: Protect Vulnerable, Prevent Financial Crisis as Covid-19 Spreads
- Calling on Trump to Lift Sanctions during COVID-19
- Close Immigration Courts during COVID-19
- Ensuring a Faithful Census
- 40+ Organizations Urge Trump to Ease Iran Sanctions to Combat Coronavirus
- An open letter on national priorities in the face of pandemic (re nuclear weapons and military budget)
- April 6-12: Pax Christi USA #AloneTogether Movie of the Week – “13th”. Join us wherever you are and post on the Facebook page! #AloneTogether
- April 10: Virtual Way of the Cross for Economic and Ecological Justice, with our friends at the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
- ‘People need to be supportive’: communities gather online in the coronavirus crisis, from The Guardian, hints for using social media, etc. for help during the crisis
- How to vote by mail during the coronavirus crisis, from the ACLU