The Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, Oblate Family.
Part of the world-wide Camaldolese Benedictine Family of monks, nuns and oblates.
A prayer from St Mary’s College, Indiana
A Blessing for Healthcare Workers in a Time of Pandemic
Blessed are the ones who cannot be isolated.
Blessed are the doctors, nurses, chaplains, and hospital staff.
Blessed are the hands that are raw from scrubbing and sanitizing, the palms that glisten with oil of healing.
Blessed are the shoulders that carry the weight of life and death.
Blessed are the feet that are aching from standing at bedside and running between rooms.
Blessed are the hearts that are frightened and breaking.
Blessed are the mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, sisters and brothers, partners and friends who cannot go home.
Blessed are the families who become isolated from one another, who sacrifice their own comfort so that we need not be alone in our suffering.
Blessed are the sick and dying, those who the bear the image of Christ before us.
Blessed are those who believe that when part of the Body suffers, we all suffer.
Blessed are those who look upon this sacred work as gift.
Blessed are those who have had enough.
Blessed are those who are overwhelmed.
Blessed are those who lack the space to process all that lies ahead.
Blessed are those who are found weeping in secret corners of an emergency room so that we might see a strong face to meet our need.
Blessed are those who weep openly with us, so that even our tears have companions.
Blessed are you, O God: quietly holding each one of us along the way.
Come quickly, abide unceasingly.
Love us while we see the worst and give us the hope we need to see our way out.
- Kate Williams