This morning, the virus hit close to home.

A woman in our parish at Queens — a young mother of four children — posted the following message on Facebook Monday morning:

Yesterday, I received the news that I have a positive results of Covid 19. I cried but after a few hours I told myself that I have to fight this and asked God to help me fight this health issue I’m battling right now. I have all the symptoms except cough. Breathing hurts so much. I’m doing the deep breathing exercises even though it hurts so much to breathe. I’m drinking hot beverages also. It’s just hard to be sick and have the chills at night by yourself. I miss my mom or my husband taking care of me when I’m sick. I’ve quarantined myself for more than a week now. I miss my kids, their hugs and kisses.

Please pray, be kind and more compassionate to others. I think God is telling us and reminding us HIS existence. Take care and be safe everyone…I hope to you see you all soon.

God bless us all.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

I have no words.

Please pray for her, and for all who are fighting this pandemic.

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test
– and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

— Pope Francis