Be assured of my prayers during this difficult time. I am no medical expert, but I wanted to share some reliable resources on the COVID-19 situation, as well as some spiritual resources that may be of use to you if you cannot go to Mass on Sunday.
- #StayThe—-Home – Forgive the website’s F-bomb, but if you are looking for a clear, citation-linked explanation on why staying home is a good idea right now, here is one in multiple languages. It was shared by a former bioethics professor of mine that I respect.
- NY Times Coronavirus Live – Regular up-to-date info from the NY Times.
- International OCD Foundation – For those with anxiety disorders, this can be an unusually trying time. Here is the information page from the IOCDF on how to deal with OCD-spectrum disorders during a pandemic.
- Center for Disease Control YouTube Channel – Content strait from the CDC.
Now some of the faithful may have a superstitious belief that the Eucharist cannot spread disease and that therefore it shows a lack of faith if we don’t go to mass. Here is a debunking of that belief from a conservative catholic blog. Not endorsing everything on this website, but if you need an argument from a traditionalist that prudence can mean shutting down masses, here it is.
Given that we may not be able to attend mass, what can we do?
- Make an Act of Spiritual Communion
- Focus on Our Prayer Life
- Learn about the faith with Word on Fire, my favorite online Catholic resource.
- Stream Mass from EWTN or watch other EWTN programs on their live stream.
- Meditate on the Jesus prayer – pray it repetitively, meditatively, placing yourself in our Lord’s presence: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, The Sinner.“
- Consider donating to groups that will be serving the poor or those in medical need during this trying time. There are several, but here is the Catholic Relief Services “Facts and How to Help” page.
- Download the Western Dominican Province Mobile App for great content.
Above all, right now we need to serve the common good by listening to reputable sources on the COVID-19 situation, doing our part to limit the spread, remembering our duty to those in need, and praying to Our Lady Health of the Sick. We are all in this together, and Our Lord will guide us through this difficult time.
God bless, stay safe and know that I am praying for you.