June 1: National Day of Mourning

The Benedictines Sisters of Erie are partnering with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and other Catholic faith leaders calling for all people to pause at noon local time on June 1 to honor the 100,000+ persons who have died in the United States from COVID-19. Take time to observe a moment of silence, prayer and reflection. Stop. Remember. Honor the lives that have been lost to COVID-19. Mourn the loss of family members, friends, coworkers and neighbors; of front line care givers and essential workers; of people whose names may never be known to you.

This invitation to pray for the dead, as well as their families and their friends, unites all faith traditions and transcends politics. It is likewise an opportunity to pray for healing and hope for our nation and our world.

Let us place our trust in God who will listen to our prayer–a God who has the power to transform and change even the hardest of hearts. May our prayers for the healing of our nation acknowledge the brokenness of our democracy and challenge us to work together to repair the injustices this pandemic has revealed.