Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Over the past few weeks, as we’ve watched the coronavirus work its way across the globe, we’ve also heard of some of the dramatic steps that the Church has taken in other parts of the world to help hinder the spread of the virus and protect public health. Holy Water fonts have been emptied, gatherings postponed, and Mass cancelled. Now the time has come for us to confront the spread of the disease as our Catholic brothers and sisters in other parts of the world have.
In the past few weeks, as we have been anticipating and planning for what we have known would eventually come, it has been my experience that there have been two opposite responses and attitudes that have not been helpful at all: hysteria and indifference. They are the subtle work of Satan, flaming the fires of discord and division, when our unity is most important.