Have courage, be strong, be different

CWL National President – Susan Dixon

Little did the Board know how apt this theme would be, our faith gives us such peace and reassurance.

One of our board members has commented that the Holy Spirit must have been helping us in our deliberations.

Isaiah 35:4-10 “Courage! take heart! God is here…” is a promise you’ll find repeated throughout both the New and Old Testaments.

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

If you need help to find your way around the scriptures, a quick Google search will bring up many similar passages.

Make a list and use them as prayer and inspirational starters during the coming weeks.

In the coming weeks it is imperative that we grasp this lockdown as an opportunity to build strong connections. To have courage and stay strong. Be positive.  It is a challenge. Follow the rules. Care for each other.

The Prime Minister has spoken of showing kindness to each other.

We know this as love. John 15:12 “Love each other as I have loved you.”

Pope Francis has asked us to pray for each other, for those in the frontline, medical personnel, caregivers, and the vulnerable.

“To the pandemic of the virus, we want to respond with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness.

Let us unite.

Let us make our closeness felt to the people who are most alone and most deprived,” Pope Francis March 22.

Be different

Now is the time to do things differently.

There are already so many prayer opportunities online and via email. Our diocesan websites are streaming Masses and scripture.

Here are some other ideas:

  • Use our new theme within an internet prayer circle.
  • Ring around, email or use social media.
  • Activate an old-fashioned telephone or email circle for all those who don’t use social media.
  • Set up a ring for a chat roster
  • Establish a branch or parish Facebook page or Group on Messenger.
  • Share news and encouragement. Don’t forget to have some fun.
  • Have virtual meetings, cuppas and challenges. Use Skype and video calling.
  • If knitting and sewing are your things it could be gloves for the homeless, or craft items for a fundraising stall when this is all over.
  • Share photos and updates to encourage each other.
  • Identify who in your branch and parish are most vulnerable or who lack a support network.

Take the lead and involve as many members and others within your community as possible but most of all follow the Ministry of Health advice.

May you be safe and well, may God keep you always within the palm of his hand.

Kia Kaha Courage – Take Heart.

Susan Dickson
In Faith and Service
CWLANZ National President