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Deacon Richard Brady delivers the homily at a private Mass March 17, 2020, inside the empty, 950-seat St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. New Orleans Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond canceled all public Masses in the archdiocese to slow the spread of coronavirus. (CNS photo/Peter Finney Jr., Clarion Herald)

By Dr. Gerard M. Nadal, AngelusNews, Apr 06, 2020

Dr. Gerard M. Nadal is the president and CEO of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer. He has taught at numerous universities and holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology from St. John’s University in New York as well as master’s degrees were Cell and Molecular Biology.

As America continues to succumb to the ravages of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, nowhere is it more intense than here in New York City.

My wife is a pediatric intensive care unit nurse at one of the city’s major hospitals that is swamped with victims, while refrigerated trucks are parked outside serving as a makeshift morgue. I am a 59 year-old Ph.D. microbiologist with a few comorbidities that ensure me a difficult time should I contract this virus.

For us it’s as real as it gets, and the peak death rate is still weeks away. We know several people who are in the hospital fighting for their lives, including two priests from the same parish.

People are frightened at the seemingly random nature of who gets infected and the increasing number of younger adults in perfect health who are dying. This fear, this random tap on the shoulder by the contagion and the immediacy of eternity, has prompted many to evaluate their lives and their relationship with God, as they sense they could be meeting him face-to-face sooner rather than later.  …

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