Coronavirus: The Powerhouses of Prayer Continue Unabated

This article is worth the read. I suspect the writer may be Muslim and is asking “Is God unhappy with mankind?”:

…for the first time in the history of mankind the circling of Kaaba has been stopped. The circling to Kaaba was an old practice even prior to the expansion of Islam. The Pagan Arabs used to circle it before entering their homes. Muslims make 7 anti-clock, circles to complete a Tawaf. A strange fact that makes few believe that anti-clock circling of Kaaba strengthens the magnetic grid of Planet earth. The fact that believers in One God are circling holy Kaaba 24 hours / 365 days, non-stop, makes it a unique place on earth where God is worshiped non-stop. There is no other similar place on earth where God is worshiped non-stop. And now there is not a single soul around it except cops on guard. [Emphasis mine – Ed]

And Bethlehem has been locked down too. The Church of Nativity, built on the site that Christians believe was the birthplace of Jesus, was also closed on Thursday for worshipers.

In modern history, it is the first time that worshipers to God are not allowed where they should be. Is God unhappy with mankind? According to legends and believers in God, a time will come when the supplications, prayers and worship by mankind will be rejected by God. And when will such a time come?

Do read the whole thing, but I did want address those bold-faced lines, because they are inaccurate. There are numerous places in the world where even now, God is continually worshiped, praised and petitioned, and they are to be found wherever Catholic monastics are taking turns, hour-by-hour, praying before the Blessed Sacrament. Female monastics are particularly engaged in this work. Right now, there are Benedictine religious — and Franciscan women and Dominican and Carmelite women, and others — who are hour-by-hour, 24/7, bowing in silence to each other as one sister surrenders her hour’s watch into the next sister’s keeping, and then kneeling before Christ in adoration and supplication.

One of the reasons they are able to do this is thanks to their enclosure — their voluntary action of separation from the rest of the us that is so often completely misunderstood, underappreciated and even mocked by the world. In her classic, must-read novel In This House of Brede, author Rumer Godden has one character, a Benedictine Nun, describe the monastery as “A powerhouse of prayer; you protect a power house not to enclose the power, but to stop unauthorized people getting in to hinder its working.”

Yes, exactly. And right now, while we are “socially distancing” from each other — our houses becoming our makeshift enclosures — and religious gatherings are being cancelled around the world, when Catholics are being warned that even Holy Week and Easter may not be celebrated if the pandemic does not somehow burn out before early April (which is unlikely) let us be thankful that there are, all around the world, these small powerhouses of prayer, still worshiping, still praying for the whole unaware, ungrateful boiling of us.

They’re even, in some places, inviting us in to pray with them, via real-time livestreams that are entirely focused on the object of all of their adoration and purpose: The Real Presence of Christ Jesus, Son of Mary, Son of God, Second Person of the Triune God, the Savior, the Redeemer, the Divine Physician.


And they are ready and willing to pray for all of us, for free, just for the asking.

Although if we love our powerhouses of prayer, we should remember them in our material giving, too.

Let us avail ourselves of the opportunities we have to give worship, to pray for each other. To ask the mercy of God on a world that has been very neglectful and ungrateful and unmindful because prosperity and gadgetry can be such distracting and paradoxically unenlightening gifts.

And let’s not forget to be community with each other where and how it is possible. As a friend said on Facebook, “The trick is not to look where we think God should be, but to find Him where we are.”

God is everywhere.


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