What’s at Stake with the Reopening of the Nation, by Michael BrownApril 20, 2020
Msgr. Charles Pope: Perfect and Astonishing Divine MercyApril 20, 2020
By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing. April 20, 2020
As the coronavirus seems to be receding, many questions will now arise. Some quite surprising. For instance, who – other than the historical greats like St. Benedict, St. John of the Cross, Dostoyevsky, Solzhenitsyn – knew that confinement could have beneficial effects? And in so many ways? Inspiring spiritual reflections (here, here, here, and here). Good practical advice (here, here, here, here). And much (gallows) humor: (here, here, here, and here).
And that’s just scratching the surface. We’re not as poor and mean and savage as we sometimes seem, even to ourselves.
A legitimate Christian debate is underway about whether the virus is a “chastisement” for the many sins of the modern world, even in Christian and formerly Christian nations. In the nature of things, we can’t say for sure, unless we receive some message from on high. But whether God sent the plague or has merely permitted it, He must want good things to come from it. And in unexpected ways they already have. …