By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture - Even more refreshing was this terrific column in the National Catholic Register by Msgr. Charles Pope, on the excessive fear of the CO19 virus. Fear is an instrument of the devil, Msgr. Pope knows, and so he recoils at the attitude that sees other human beings as vectors for the spread of disease. “As a priest, I cannot imagine anything more demonic than this sort of fear. Satan wants us to fear and even detest one another.” The media feed the fear, he observes, but the Church should counter it. So: “I write to express my concern and to reiterate the constant biblical cry, “Do not be afraid!”
Aleteia - Anesthesiologist Néstor Ramírez Arrieta of Colombia takes advantage of every opportunity to pray the Rosary when he has a chance in his workday. A friend of his who is an Evangelical Protestant pastor, Luis Alberto Gallego, took a photo of him at prayer (protective gear and all) and shared it on Facebook with a moving message: “This image of my great friend and brother, the doctor anesthesiologist Nestor Ramírez, breaks my heart. He, like many doctors, endures endless shifts, and very intense emotional pressure that many of us would not be able to sustain. ..."