The Dicastery for Communication of the Holy See is making available a free downloadable book entitled ‘Strong in the Face of Tribulation’ containing a collection of Pope Francis’s prayers, intercessions and homilies as “a sure support in time of trial”.
Strong in the Face of Tribulation contains three sections. In the first, prayers, rituals and supplications for difficult times inspired by Christian tradition can be found. It includes, blessings for the sick, prayers for liberation from evil, and other texts that originate from various ecclesial contexts and historical eras.
The second section is dedicated to the indications given by the Church on how people can continue to live out a sacramental life even though coronavirus precautionary measures do not permit their physical participation in them. It focuses on elements that foster spiritual communion with the Church, and how to obtain forgiveness from sin despite the impossibility of receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The final part is a collection of Pope Francis’s words to the ecclesial community in these times of trial. It contains all of his homilies from Mass at Casa Santa Marta, and the texts of the Sunday Angelus discourses, beginning from 9 March.