As of this writing, April 1, 2020, according to the news, the number of cases and deaths from this virus has spiked to 858,669 cases and 42, 151 deaths worldwide and rapidly rising. Corona crowned New York as the epicenter of its virus in the U.S. while Italy leads in Europe with Spain just trailing closely behind with thousands of deaths. The world is down on its knees against the onslaught of this deadly disease, Covid-19.
On the lighter side, Coronavirus digs out the best in us to counter punch its striking spread with contingencies in various ways and means. People are locked out and down, socially distanced, quarantined individually, en-masse, by families, communities and nations worldwide.
News clip showed someone in Pasig City, Philippines, who made a nice and clean hand-washing with available hand-soap facility in front of his house, free for everyone. Shown too was a seventy year-old female retail store owner packing canned goods to give out for free to her neighbors. A housewife made sandwiches, placed them in clean glass container, free for everyone who might want to take home. A young lady cried as she picked up one for herself. She was a medical front-liner, touched by the goodness of the housewife. Someone fashioned a Disinfecting Station for vehicles for free. It’s his kind contribution to the public. Medical, military, government, religious, civic and many other entities in the frontlines, many on 24/7 duties are on-the-go caring for Covid-19 patients, or maintaining orderliness, distributing food packs, relief goods and a “ million ways and means ” more out there all over the world out of the best in people, for the people.
Same is true in our spiritual life. Now there’s worldwide demographic bonding and togetherness especially among families, a condition that creates more time to pray together or individually. There’s ample time to meditate, read the Bible, religious books, share stories of our faith and other soul-searching and faith-filled enhancing home activities. A time to look up toward God imploring his divine intervention and mercy for the sufferings of humanity. A time to realize human life’s vulnerability and reflect on eternal life. Covid-19 has closed the doors of churches, but not the doors of our hearts and our duty to worship Almighty God. Covid-19 has physically locked-out people from religious worship and activities, but we continue to be locked-in through social media technology in connectivity and in communion with the altar of sacrifice, the Holy Eucharist. These and countless other productive and efficacious routines that people do now which are not so before Covid-19. “ Necessity is the mother of invention”, a saying that appeared in the Dialogue of the Greek philosopher Plato.
On the flip-side, someone said, never forget a day in your life; good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories. Some talk to you in their free time, and some free their time to talk to you. Learn the difference. I took my troubles to the Lord, I cried out to him and he answered my prayer.every positive thought is a prayer that will change your life. Only two things will change your life. Your age and your outlook. Once you start looking at people’s spirit instead of their appearance, they start to look different.
St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words; “My child, see, you are not alone, My heart watches you.” (Diary 799).
Pray the Divine Mercy prayer very 3 p.m. Daily pray the Chaplet of Mercy and the Holy Rosary to stop the Coronavirus.
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