THE SERVANT GENERAL
A PERSPECTIVE ON COVID-19
NOT FOOLISH BUT WISE
The biggest number of COVID-19 infections and deaths is now
the USA. And in the USA, the biggest numbers are in New
York. Governor Andrew Cuomo, an avowed Catholic, says that
whatever progress there is in New York against COVID-19 has
nothing to do with God, but is simply due to man’s efforts
and behavior. And liberals of course do not look to God for
we see those who lead our Catholic Church, who closed down
churches even before the state instituted lockdowns, who say
COVID-19 has nothing to do with God’s chastisement but
is just a temper tantrum of nature, who are, admittedly, doing
wide work of helping provide for the poor but speak only of
social distancing and the like but not of spiritual matters
and needed spiritual responses.
is God to do? God does want to heal the land and liberate
people from disease and afflictions. But many do not cry out
to Him for help. Many would not acknowledge Him if He did
help. And even in the Church, His lessons are being missed
and His people not being brought to repentance and closer
to Him. Is the world dooming itself to further chastisement?
Let us look at one passage in the Bible that can provide us
guidance. “Watch carefully then how you live, not as
foolish persons but as wise, making the most of the opportunity,
because the days are evil. Therefore, do not continue in ignorance,
but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.”
the days are evil. Oh, these days are very evil. The world
is in deep darkness of sin. We are seeing the explosion of
sins that cry out to heaven for vengeance, such as abortion,
homosexual depravity, and social injustice. The massive assaults
against faith, family and life continue. People have turned
away from God and have even turned against God.
are closed and limited gatherings for services (even with
proper social distancing) are prohibited, while liquor
stores and abortion clinics remain open.
involvement has been deemed non-essential, while abortion
is deemed essential healthcare.
who go to drive-in church services (in open areas and
with social distancing) are fined, arrested or threatened
with arrest, while prisoners are released, some of them
we are to live our lives not foolishly but wisely, not in
ignorance but in understanding the will of God. What constitutes
wisdom in understanding God’s will?
is all-powerful and we are but weak human flesh. On our
own we can do nothing. Except make a mess of things.
is in control, not us. Just when people thought they were
now like gods, able to accomplish anything, God takes
it all away, in an instant, by means of an invisible microbe.
loves us. But His love includes both justice and mercy.
If we stray away, God will discipline us out of love,
to bring us back. COVID-19 is God’s chastisement,
designed for our good.
only wants what is best for us, giving us a future full
of hope. But this depends on our keeping our part of the
covenant with God. For a people or nation that remains
faithful, there will be health, prosperity and long life.
Third, we are to make the most of the present opportunity.
Most of the world is on lockdown. Catholics do not even have
access to the sacraments. But as God has allowed this, then
we look to the opportunities.
time for prayer and the Bible.
time with family, including family prayer.
time for study. “Do not continue in ignorance.”
Read as much of the Bible as you can. If you have not
yet read the whole Bible, here now is your opportunity.
- Review our MFC formation courses.
- Go to reliable Internet sites for formation in our Catholic
faith, whether this is catechism, pro-life advocacy, or
other aspects of our faith.
- Read my books.
- Ponder well the “From the SG” posts, particularly
the series on COVID-19.
use of social media for evangelization and formation online.
Have your MFC meetings online.
- Participate in and conduct formation courses.
- Conduct CLS/LCS.
- Participate in LBS groups.
- Avail of what MFC and LCSC offer. Videos. Testimonies.
Even online counseling and online medical consultation.
our needy brethren. MFC/LCSC/NONe is engaged in helping
our needy brethren in their daily necessities, especially
food. We have our teams doing this. For most everyone
else, as the lockdown limits your involvement, please
provide the funds needed. Let those who have help those
who have not. This should happen even across areas and
the COVID-19 lockdown is not just to give you an extended
rest or a vacation, but is used by God to form you and draw
you even closer to Him. So watch carefully how you spend this
time, not as foolish persons but as wise.
That is, if you believe the numbers coming out of, or not
coming at all from China.
 He certainly is not a true Catholic, being very much pro-abortion
and in favor of other aspects of the culture of death.
 There does seem to be a resurgence of prayer. But we are
not yet seeing Spirit-fueled revival.
 I have written 45 books and booklets, with a new one on
the way. How many have you read? These books will let you
appreciate more our life, mission, spirituality and culture.
Every book is full of scriptural references, enabling you
to read and understand passages crucial to our faith and to
our particular charism and calling.