July 29, 2020
BECAUSE of our abnormal
times, we are asked to submit ourselves to certain protocols that we
usually do not have during normal times. Right now, we are asked,
and we should obey, those strict indications about social or
physical distancing, wearing of masks, washing of hands, etc.
In fact, as much as
possible, we should just stay at home, avoiding having to go out
unless truly necessary, if only to steer clear of the possibility of
infecting or being infected by others. Truth is we would not know
what would hit us if we go out. Our common enemy is invisible. The
person beside us could be the Trojan horse, the traitor. We can
easily be a victim of a friendly fire, so to speak.
But this does not mean
that while we follow these protocols as strictly as possible, we
have to be indifferent to others, or worse, to regard them as an
enemy, considering them as suspects and all of this leading us to a
terrible state of paranoia. If anything at all, our relation with
others should become more intimate, more caring and compassionate.
This ideal can always be pursued together with due prudence.
This can always be done if
we first of all exercise our faith, hope and charity, which are
foremost an operation of the heart and mind where no viruses can
enter, unless we let them. We just have to see to it that the state
of our mind and heart is healthy, that is, deeply rooted on our
trust in Godís loving, wise and merciful providence.
With that condition in
place, we would know what to do even if we are forced to some
lockdowns in our respective homes and communities. The mind and
heart are always creative and inventive. They have resources to
resist inactivity and negativity. They will always find things to do
instead of just rotting away in idleness which is a very dangerous
situation to be in.
And thatís because our
mind and heart have the capacity to bring us to God who takes care
of everything. Even in our worst scenario, when things can be
unsolvable already, we know what to do to derive what is good for
So, we can say that the
condition we are having right now is a good opportunity to develop
and strengthen our spiritual and supernatural life through the
proper exercise in our mind and heart of the divine gifts of faith,
hope and charity.
Let us seize this moment
to attend to this basic need of ours that we actually have been
ignoring for quite some time now. If there is one thing very good
and worthwhile that we can derive from this crisis we are having
today, it could be this one.
We should realize that we
have a golden opportunity to make ourselves stronger in that aspect
of our life which is the most important since that is what brings us
to our eternal and definitive life. We have a golden opportunity to
know the true value of our earthly things and conditions Ė that they
only have a relative value. What is of absolute value is our eternal
life that can be reached through faith, hope and charity.
So, what we seem to lose
because of our social or physical distancing, mask wearing, hand
washing and the other protocols, we can more than make up with our
prayers and sacrifices through the exercise of our faith, hope and
With the spiritual and
supernatural exercises, we can gain greater intimacy with the
others, more effective compassion with them, the kind that is not
afraid to get dirty with the others as long as the truly essential
is not compromised.
This is where we can
validate what St. Paul said, that when we are truly with God,
everything will work out for the good. (cfr. Rom 8,28) With God, we
can derive good from evil!