THE SERVANT GENERAL
A PERSPECTIVE ON COVID-19
Grace and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ to you all, my
dear brothers and sisters in the Lord.
I can imagine a scene in Hell. Satan is strategizing with
his senior demons. “How can we bring down the Church
of Jesus Christ?” “How can we get the Catholic
Church to close its churches, keep Catholics from receiving
Communion, and even keep them from places of healing such
as Lourdes?” Out of that came a brilliant (or rather,
diabolical and dark) suggestion. “Let us bring about
a pandemic. All it takes is one small invisible virus.”
And the rest is history. Behold: COVID-19.
But why does God allow it? Is God not all-powerful and able
to prevent such assaults on His people? Yes. But God also
allows His people to be put to the test. And God uses chastisements
to bring His people to repentance. And God desires to strengthen
the faith of His people through discipline and the cross.
God has not failed us. But we may have failed God. We have
closed our churches when God’s tormented people need
to find solace and hope in His presence in His house. We
are cut off from the Eucharist and Holy Communion when we
desperately need the grace and strength that comes from it.
We are prevented from going to places of miraculous healing,
even as the world anxiously searches for a cure.
And we will continue to fail God.
we are not brought to sincerely repent for our sins and
resolve to grow in holiness.
If our leaders fail to preach the gospel of salvation
If our leaders stand quietly by the side as the culture
of death rampages throughout the world, devastating marriage
and family life, undermining authentic faith, promoting
sexual immorality and diabolical isms such as transgenderism.
If our parishes remain on maintenance mode rather than
going aggressively on mission, reaching the grassroots
at the peripheries.
If our Catholic Church continues to sink into modernism,
threatening age-old teachings and the ancient faith.
Are we not the people of God? Are we just to go along with
the ways of thinking in the secular world? Do we not have
supernatural faith? How must we view COVID-19 with spiritual
is not just a medical or biological problem, but is chastisement
So the solution is not just social distancing and a vaccine,
but repentance and a return to God.
Lockdowns are not just a necessary inconvenience, but
an opportunity to spend more quality time in prayer, mortification,
as well as family.
We realize we are not in control, and this should humble
us. Since only God is in control, then we should go to
God is sending the whole world a message. And a warning.
So we pray that conversion and renewal will come upon
The evil one will always try to assault God’s people
and degrade the faith. That is a given and is expected. For
a people of faith, it is not something to be afraid of. What
we need to be careful about is our response. This will determine
whether the enemy succeeds or not. What should our proper
response be, in particular with regard to COVID-19?
Be not afraid. Everything is under God’s control.
Everything will work for the good of those who love God
and are called according to His purpose.[7
Intensify prayer and reading the Bible. Lockdowns provide
Search our hearts and see how we have been failing God,
and repent of such.
Take every opportunity to proclaim Christ. Understand
and be able to speak about the spiritual dimensions of
Trust in God. Jesus’ love and mercy are always with
us. The power and strength of the Holy Spirit are available
to us. We lack for no good thing.
Satan thinks he is winning, but whether he is or not will
depend on what we do. Let us give him an unpleasant surprise.
Let us come out of this pandemic more morally upright, stronger
in our faith, more spiritually mature, much more advanced
on the path of holiness, and exceedingly eager to proclaim
Christ to the world.
And when this pandemic is over, let us appreciate what we
take for granted but see that we can easily loseour Eucharistic
celebrations, our community gatherings, our opportunities
for mission. Then let us be more thankful for and committed
to what God has given us.
God bless and protect you all.
Consider the case of Job.
 How dismaying that Church officials see churches and the
sacraments as no different from how secular officials see
social gatherings, sports events and mass assemblies, that
is, as just sources of contagion.
 The irony is that parishes are unable to maintain Catholics
but are losing them every day to the world, to sects and to
 Our Church is a missionary Church, and she can only be
strong and vibrant if she does the work God intends her to
 We do not belittle the ways by which the secular world
is trying to combat COVID-19. But beyond practicalities, we
 It normally happens, as in 9/11, that people are moved
to acts of faith in times of severe calamity.
 The great fear in society can be attributed to the fact
that people have turned their backs on God and no longer really
know Him. If they did, they would not be so afraid.