China and Italy:
Facebook post from a Catholic Woman in Wuhan:
WUHAN. It’s roughly day 48 of the city’s quarantine. We’ve been locked in our apartment complex for many weeks. I haven’t eaten out since January 19.
We’re living in such strange times.We are at peace in the epicenter of the virus. We are at peace in the epicenter of his will.
Fear is a faithless coward and has no place in the lives of believers. Fear and worry have no seat at our table. We’re here because he wants us here, right now, for his purpose… More
Deserted Italian street rings out with song as people lean out of windows to sing together during lockdown
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Shouts of ‘jiāyóu’ can be heard echoing between Wuhan’s high-rise apartment blocks as people take to their balconies to shout what translates literally as “add oil”, meaning ‘keep up the fight’, to their neighbours.
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We Christians are to live to love and serve God through serving others, to die to self and ultimately to be with God for eternity. What does it say if we are just as scared of coronavirus as everyone else is? Again, taking precautions, but shouldn’t we be not as fearful as someone who might not believe with conviction that there is something more after this world?…More
St. Patrick’s Day Message from Archbishop Eamon Martin
‘We have a strong tradition that God is at our side in time of trouble’
We cannot practice a kind of “social distancing” that goes beyond the mere physical – we cannot solve a problem like this by losing our sense of solidarity and our humanity.
Jesus never hesitated to bring his healing touch to the lepers who were the outcasts of society. Throughout history, the Church has been in the forefront of treating victims of plagues, even at great risk to themselves
Even ordinary Christians have a significant role to play. We can visit elderly relatives and friends and make sure they’re healthy and not afraid, and arrange for homebound people to receive the Eucharist. Catholic employers can be flexible about work arrangements…More
We should ensure our concerns have to do with eternal realities, and from that perspective take into account what must be done to protect lives here and now.
My mom has a great saying she shares whenever I’m preoccupied over some outcome and not trusting in God’s good providence as much as I should. She says, “It’ll be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end.”
In a way, reminders like the Coronavirus can help us keep our eyes on the end…More
Coronavirus: Be not afraid
He noted that Christ calls Lazarus by name, but describes the rich man only with adjectives.“This is what selfishness does in us: it makes us lose our real identity,” he said.
“We have fallen into the culture of adjectives where your value is what you have, what you can do.”
“Today we ask the Lord for the grace not to fall into indifference, the grace that all the information about human suffering we have, will go down into the heart and move us to do something for others,”…More
First and foremost, “keep calm and carry on” is super important, because we all have work to do. We’re all part of families and play critical roles, whether it’s parents or children or grandparents, spouses or friends.
The second is changing our day-to-day way of life, in the sense of not shaking hands, not hugging — or inviting others to otherwise do that; social distancing; using handwashing or alcohol-based hand rub. That can really make a big difference and can break the chain of transmission. So that’s very, very important…
They need the support of our faith to help strengthen their faith while they carry this cross. We never carry the cross alone…More
“Being frightened about something that we don’t understand is normal. I think the first thing we have to do is normalize our emotions and realize it’s okay. We all are uncertain. We don’t know what the future holds,” she said.
For most people, following substantiated advice will help diminish any sense of panic and worry.
Lynch also said anyone can benefit from reflecting on how they’ve already conquered anxiety, and then practicing calming routines that have worked in the past.
“Breathing is one of the best self-calming tools we can have. You know, just relaxing and creating a habit twice a day to just take some deep breaths, close our eyes, hold our breath and exhale… You [may] pray a Hail Mary while you’re holding your breath and then you calmly exhale.”
“We’re so blessed to have our faith, the Catholic faith because we have so many tools from a spiritual perspective. I think this is a great opportunity because we’re so busy in our daily life… Maybe develop a habit of just spending five to 15 minutes every morning when you first get up. Maybe get up a little bit earlier and just pray…or a decade of the Rosary,”…More
“Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.”…More
A series of virtual stations designed for personal devotion. These stations relate to Jesus’ teachings about the Kingdom of God and the reason his vision of this Kingdom led to his death. Find a quiet place to watch these stations, and as you do the devotions be open to how God is speaking to you through the Stations of the Cross…More