April 6, 2020

Daily Devotions

Meditation, Prayers, and Assorted Stuff for April 6, 2020

Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey, “Being Humble and Confident”

As we look at the stars and let our minds wander into the many galaxies, we come to feel so small and insignificant that anything we do, say, or think seems completely useless. But if we look into our souls and let our minds wander into the endless galaxies of our interior lives, we become so tall and significant that everything we do, say, or think appears to be of great importance.
We have to keep looking both ways to remain humble and confident, humorous and serious, playful and responsible. Yes, the human being is very small and very tall. It is the tension between the two that keeps us spiritually awake.

Today’s prayer comes from the website jesuitresource.org

A Prayer for Our Uncertain Times

May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health and making their rent. May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options. May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go. May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all. May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home. As fear grips our country, let us choose love. And during this time when we may not be able to physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. Amen.
—Submitted by Fr. Michael Graham, S.J.

Today’s cartoons come from pastor and cartoonist Cuyler Black. Look to see more of his work here…

Today’s links! 

Here’s a study by top economists showing what happens when people stop using Facebook. I dunno…thought it might be appropriate just about now.

Instead of binge-watching all the episodes of Friends for the fifth time, why not take a course from an Ivy League university for free? This link will take you to a selection of 450 classes, all offered at no charge.

Going stir crazy at home? Take a trip to Mars, courtesy of NASA and the Curiosity rover.

Watch Glen Campbell play the William Tell Overture on a 12-string guitar, backed by an orchestra.

Stay safe and stay well!