Even though we are practicing physical social distancing, that does not mean that we cannot be spiritually present to the Lord and one another. Along with the power of the Lord’s grace and His presence, spiritual closeness to and social compassion for one another will greatly support both the Church and society at this time. Thus, in light of PC’s decision to suspend all in-person classes and other events, we wanted to provide some additional spiritual resources to aid us at this time.‘God is with us,’ a message from Father Shanley
Faith, worship, and prayer in a time of crisis – Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98
Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98 tells us how the PC Dominican community is managing during the COVID-19 crisis, talks about the impact on PC and its students, and shares some ideas about ways to worship outside of normal circumstances. Father is the College’s vice president for mission and ministry.
Catholic Social Teaching and COVID-19 – Dr. Holly Taylor Coolman and Dr. Dana Dillon
Dr. Holly Taylor Coolman and Dr. Dana Dillon share their perspectives as educators and theologians on social distancing, remote learning, and how Catholic social thought provides a framework for navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Coolman is assistant professor of theology and chair of the Department of Theology, and Dillon is associate professor with a joint appointment in theology and public and community service studies and associate director of the Development of Western Civilization program. Coolman has written reflections on her family’s experience under self-quarantine and spiritual fitness in the face of pandemic for America Magazine.
Members of Providence College’s Dominican community will share daily reflections with members of the College community.
Watch Mass Online
If you are in a diocese where public Masses are cancelled, here are a few websites where you can watch Mass online:
- St. Pius V Church, Providence
- Sunday at 10 a.m.
- Monday – Friday at noon
- Lenten Seminar – Saturday at 9 a.m.
- Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., noon
- Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 6 p.m.
- Bishop Robert Barron, Word on Fire, 8:15 a.m.
Additional Spiritual Resources
- How do we stay spiritually fit in a time of coronavirus?: An article by Dr. Holly Taylor Coolman, assistant professor of theology and chair of the Department of Theology
- Check out this short article, “Mass Canceled? The Church is still at Prayer!” by Father Patrick Briscoe, O.P., for helpful tips on how to continue to pray, especially when we might have less access to Mass and the sacraments.
- Catholic Spiritual Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak: Spiritual Resources produced by the Dominican Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (Western Province.) Included are two good videos, “Spiritual Closeness at a Time of Social Distancing” and “Spiritual Communion and Pastoral Care During COVID-19.”
- Magnificat, a monthly print and digital Catholic publication, is offering free access to their digital content due to these extenuating circumstances where many of the faithful may not be able to attend Mass. Magnificat provides daily readings, reflections from the Saints, and is a great companion to prayer.
- Hallow, a Catholic app for prayer, can be a great way to engage in our prayer lives in a new, digital way. Hallow provides daily guided meditations on various prayers, including the rosary, meditations on the daily Mass readings, and various musical playlist to help you settle into a prayerful mindset.
- FORMED is a Catholic website where you can access videos, films, and spiritual content on the teachings of the Church. It is a digital forum to study the faith. It is free for the PC community. At the link, search “Providence”; Select “Office of Marriage and Enrichment”; Click “Next”; Create a username and provide an email and you are ready to go.
- Godsplaining: Join the Dominican friars each week as they muse on all things Catholic. Considering topics philosophical, theological, cultural, and beyond. Godsplaining presents ideas from the Church’s tradition and brings them to bear on our lives’ most urgent questions.
- Matt Fradd – Pints with Aquinas: a Catholic show discussing culture, faith, and everything in between, asking how faith and reason come together in these various ways.
- Word on Fire: Word on Fire Catholic Ministries is a nonprofit global media apostolate that supports the work of Bishop Robert Barron and reaches millions of people to draw them into— or back to— the Catholic faith. Word on Fire is evangelical; it proclaims Jesus Christ as the source of conversion and new life. Word on Fire is Catholic; it utilizes the tremendous resources of the Roman Catholic tradition—art, architecture, poetry, philosophy, theology, and the lives of the saints— in order to explain and interpret the event of Jesus Christ.
- Ascension Presents: an evangelistic platform bringing faith-filled, entertaining and dynamic presenters straight to your newsfeed. By providing engaging content for our audience that reflects the good, the true and the beautiful we hope to bring their hearts closer to Christ.