In response to the current crisis surrounding the Coronavirus, we acknowledge fears and urgency to save lives, caution against panic, and call for faith and for calm attentiveness to prudence, public health and prayer.
We can and must acknowledge the scientific facts surrounding the spread of the Coronavirus, including the importance of thorough washing of our hands, “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” by restricting the rate and extent of the spread of the virus. These measures not only protect ourselves, but they protect our neighbors and especially those who are most vulnerable.
As missionary disciples of Jesus we are called to lay down our lives for others. At the same time we ought not take actions that put others at risk unnecessarily. There are many ways to see to help during this time as we seek to care for our neighbors: Checking in on elderly neighbors even if by phone or from a distance, offering help with groceries or childcare for dear ones who might struggle with increased burdens and avoiding unnecessary outings that might spread harm. And of course, all of this we do with special intention and prayer for those who are ill, health care professionals and caregivers – and for the common good – through, with and in the protection of our Lord Jesus Christ with the intercession of our Blessed Mother.