Fr. ROY CIMAGALA,
March 16, 2020
WITH all this talk about
lockdown, quarantine and voluntary self-isolation for about a month
or so due to this Corona virus, we need to learn how to make good
use of our time when we are forced to be indoors.
We have to welcome this
rare opportunity. It at least offers us a chance to rehearse when
due to some emergency situation we are made to stay put in a place
longer than usual.
We can never tell what the
future holds for us. So far, we already had a volcano eruption, some
earthquakes, and we are still in the first quarter of the year. We
can expect typhoons sooner or later. And there might still be more.
Who knows? Itís always good to be prepared for any eventuality.
At the very least, what we
can do is to grow in the inside when on the outside we cannot do
much and our movements are restricted, or when we are practically
confined and yet we are still in normal condition physically,
mentally and even emotionally.
Most important of all
would be that we be spiritually fit and healthy, and still
productive in a sense. This aspect of our life is fundamental and
should not be compromised just because of these forced restrictive
measures imposed on us.
Definitely, we can make
use of the time praying and studying better than usual. These very
important human necessities are usually taken for granted during
ordinary days. Now is the time to make up. Besides, we have a very
good and immediate reason to pray and study more, given the current
When we are more with God,
we can see things better. We can always make good use of any
situation that humanly speaking may be considered as a disaster.
With God, we would know how to adjust and adapt. With God,
everything, including some negative events, will always work out for
the good, as St. Paul once said. (cfr. Rom 8,28)
It would be a good idea to
pick up some spiritual books, to know more about the life of Christ
and those of the saints. Itís also a good time to live a more
intense spirit of sacrifice and penance, and to practice the
different works of mercy, if not directly then by virtual means
through the Internet, by spreading good pieces of news or just good
spirit. We would be doing a great service that way, given the
conditions of people these days.
We can also attend to
certain concerns to which we only paid a lick and a promise during
our normal working days. There may still be some books to be read,
some assignments to be done, some repairs to be made in the house.
The garden may need better attention and care than what was given it
before. There will always be items that we left behind because we
cannot attend to them during normal days.
Family life definitely can
be given more attention too. Parents who still have children at home
can spend more time with them, though this would require of them
more creative initiatives so that the children would learn how to
take advantage of their forced vacation. The parents have the grave
duty to give good example to their children. They would also have
more time to show affection to their children.
Letís consider these days
of confinement like the gestation period of a living being that
needs to be well taken care of precisely at that most crucial stage
for its development, so that when the time comes for it to be born,
it comes out very healthy.
Letís have a very positive
outlook at this turn of events. Thereís no use lamenting over this
somewhat drastic change of circumstance. That would only be
counter-productive, a pure waste of time.
Letís never forget that if
we are forced indoors, God must have allowed it to happen. And if he
allows it, there must be a reason and a greater good that can be
derived from it.