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Event:FINDING GOD IN A PANDEMIC CRISIS: Navigating this Storm at Sea - VIA ZOOM With Dr. Robert Weber
Date:April 25th, 2020.
Time:9:00 AM to 6:30 PM

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Saturday

Can and will we find God in this pandemic storm as we make our way from waypoint to waypoint, day by day, week by week? Will God assist us to navigate these turbulent times that threaten to submerge any faith, hope, and courage we thought we had, drowning us instead with anxiety, stress, fear, and sadness?

Many of us, if not most of us, at times, feel we will not survive as we see so many being drowned in the stormy sea. Where can we turn to find some faith, hope, and love in these times?

Pope Francis invites us to seek these things in the homily and blessing he delivered on March 27, 2020. He points us to Jesus, our navigator in this storm.  Francis encourages us to trust Jesus as the Way, manifesting our faith and hope through our love for others who are making the journey with us.

In the spirit of the psalms of lamentation our day will be divided into three sessions: first, we will consider the anxieties, stresses, fears, and sadness that are plaguing us and voice our COMPLAINTS to God; second, we will search our minds and, especially, our hearts, to appreciate that for which we hope and yearn in the face of this crisis, making our REQUESTS to God; and third, using Francis’ homily on The Storm at Sea (Mark 4: 35-41), we will imagine being in that boat, hoping that we will not be drowned, no matter what, growing in TRUST that Jesus will respond to our plaintive question, “Do you not care that we are perishing?”

SCHEDULE 

Saturday, April 25, 2020

  • 9:00 – 10:00 AM First Step of Lamentation: Complaints
  • 1:00 – 2: 00 PM Second Step of Lamentation: Requests
  • 4:30 – 5:30 PM Third Stage of Lamentation: Trusting
  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM Closing Session: Final Thoughts and Sharing 

 

Pope Francis Homily, March 27, 2020

Pope Francis: This moment in history is “a time to choose what matters in life and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others.”

Pope Francis: “Like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm” and “we find ourselves afraid and lost.”

Pope Francis: “The storm exposes our vulnerability and uncovers those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules, our projects, our habits and priorities.”

Register before Thursday, April 23 at 5pm.  Fee $75.

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Dr. Robert Weber

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How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all, the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious teeming with creatures beyond number- living things both large and small.
- Psalm 104:24-25