Day 9 – The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 –

“Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.” (Psalm 40: 7a-8a)

Despair, fear, anxiety, anger. These are some of the emotions many of us are dealing with right now. However, today is a reminder that in God, all things are possible. Trust in the Lord!

Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. We are exactly nine months from Christmas. Today we celebrate when Christ “came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.” (Nicene Creed)

We celebrate Mary’s fiat, her YES! We celebrate her absolute trust in the Lord.

Rather than wallow in self-pity or rage, how can you say “yes” to the Lord? Can you offer small works of charity? Are you able to help those around you? What can you do for those in need?

With all the precautions and shutdowns, it seems very difficult to make corporal works of mercy, but now more than ever we need to all step up and find some way to help.

Many localities are calling on volunteers to sew masks and other items. Many charities who serve the poor are seeking donations. Check with your local hospitals, charities, and government agencies to see if there is anything on their lists you can help with.

For example, one of our local hospitals has been putting sewing patterns online HERE. Granted, supplies are hard to find, but if you or someone you know has a stash of materials (and most of us sewing nuts do), get to work!

Likewise, charities who serve the poorest of the poor are already being hit very hard. Food banks, homeless shelters, mother homes…they all need help. Many of them have been posting online lists for or donation links. Do keep in mind that many places are having to suspend goods donations out of safety, but online donations are always welcome!

Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us!

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