Provincial Superior's Circular 2020 N.2
Philippine-Taiwan-Hongkong Province Circular
March 19, 2020
Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
"His is a silence permeated by contemplation of the mystery of God, in an attitude of total availability to his divine wishes.” (Pope Benedict XVI, December 18, 2005) Even if God has spoken to him through an angel in a dream, Joseph knew, with a certainty beyond human reason, that it was the voice of God that he heard to which he responded with generous faith.
As we continue our lenten journey, we are confronted with a global crisis caused by 2019 Novel Coronavirus which is calling us to intensify our Lenten offering of silence, prayer, fasting and charity. The “community quarantine” imposed by our government gives us the opportunity to stay bonded, to take care of each other, and to be reconciled with God, with each other, and the whole of creation.
The pandemic suddenly brought the world into a standstill, seeking answers to the questions of why, how, and what now? Our faith is tested and our values are challenged. This is now an opportune time to cast our nets in the depths of our being to see what in us needs conversion, transformation, and conformation with our Divine Master. The prophet Hosea urges us to come, let us return to the Lord, for it is he who has rent, but he will heal us; he has struck us, but he will bind our wounds. (Hosea 6,1)
Let us unite and stand in solidarity with all those affected by COVID-19 all over the world as we heed the call of the Church to ring our bells at 12:00 noon and 8:00 in the evening to pray the Oratio Imperata, to offer the holy rosary, and to celebrate the online Mass as a community. We also gather to break the word of God in Lectio Divina so that like St. Joseph, we may be able to listen to the voice of God and become silent prophets of joy and hope in these trying moments of our life.
Our prayer brigade as a Pauline Family started yesterday, March 18, and will last for three days of 24 hours continuous adoration for the banishment of the deadly virus. We pray remembering especially the following intentions: 1. for all the medical practitioners, military staff and police who are in the frontline to take care of the safety of our people; 2. for our poor sisters and brothers who are most vulnerable not only to the physical effect of the virus but to the economic effect of this global crisis; 3. for our sisters on retreat; 4. for Sr. Yan Yun who is still in China and for the families of our Chinese sisters and novices; and 5. for Sr. M. Christina Guadalquiver who is preparing for her Perpetual Profession on May 30. With our prayers, we can overcome everything as Jesus has overcome death.
Let us strain forward in faith and courage, and continue to share in the Paschal Mystery our Lord and be assured of his words, Fear not, I am with you. From here I will enlighten. Be sorry for sins.
May we all have a ‘special’ and meaningful Holy Week celebration in anticipation of an Easter joy!
Sr. M. Anthony E. Basa, PDDM