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They’re canceling Masses everywhere!

The great plague in the middle ages killed a third of the population of Europe. The corona virus (COVID-19) is not at all similar. Compared to the overall number of cases today, only a small number of individuals have died, and they tend to be persons who were already medically vulnerable in some way—and persons medically vulnerable should be prepared to die at any moment anyway. Similarly, all serious Catholics should be prepared to die at any moment for any reason. Thus the threat of death from the corona virus does not change the matter of the reality of death; it just shatters our atheistic illusions of invulnerability. So remember: the risk of death from the corona virus is small; most infected persons recover from the infection.

Consequently, the social panic that has resulted from the corona virus really is unfounded and derives either from atheists or from Christians who lack trust in God.

Given the timing of the spread of the disease, we might do well to think of it as a Lenten chastisement. Consider that the first death in the US from corona virus occurred on February 28th—just after Ash Wednesday.

A psychologically and spiritually healthy response to the corona virus should be repentance, not panic. This is a perfect time to look closely at our lives and repent our sins, especially the great sins today of irreverence and a lack of trust in God.


The rest of the human race, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, to give up the worship of demons and idols made from gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic potions, their unchastity, or their robberies (Revelation 9: 20–21).


Bishops and priests who cancel Masses in the midst of social panic will have to answer to God. I’m not saying that they are wrong or right, because only God can see into their hearts. But panic only misses the point of a holy life, and it leads us nowhere but into despair—and right into the hands of the devil.

But if you can accept the cancellations gracefully—that is, prayerfully, as an act of penance, without anger or grumbling—trust that you will still receive all the graces that you would have received had you been allowed to attend Mass.


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