THE SERVANT GENERAL
A PERSPECTIVE ON COVID-19
of the Annunciation of the Lord
March 25, 2020
In His justice, God punishes us for our transgressions. In
His mercy, God forgives and heals us. In His love, God seeks
to bring us back to Himself. The scourge of COVID-19 points
us to all three.
The world is deep in the darkness of sin and evil. People,
including many Christians, have turned away from God. With
COVID-19, God wants to draw our attention to our sorry condition,
and by His grace to return to Him.
How has the world sinned? Let us look at where COVID-19 has
hit hardest and see if there is a connection. Here are the
countries with the most deaths from COVID-19, as of 3:20 am
#1 – Italy with 6,820 deaths
The epicenter of the epidemic in Italy is in Bergamo. Last
fall, the diocese of Bergamo published a prayer to Pachamama
on its website: “Pachamama of these places, drink and
eat this offering, so that this land is fruitful. Pachamama,
good Mother, be generous!” Pachamama is the pagan idol
presented at the Vatican during the Amazon Summit. The worship
of Mother Earth is idolatry.
The highest number of priests to die due to COVID-19 are from
The Holy See, though in an independent territory that is the
Vatican State, is situated within the boundaries of Rome,
Spiritual note: Most of those who have died in Bergamo are
elderly people. They are beloved by God. I would assume most
of them lived fruitful Catholic lives. As such, death is
just a gateway for them to heaven. They are being taken by
God from their earthly loneliness, isolation, abandonment
and suffering, and being brought to a place where there are
no more tears, mourning or pain. They are the fortunate and
#2 – China with 3,281 deaths
China is the huge red dragon. It is led by an atheistic
regime that oppresses its own people, by forced abortion in
the millions, incarceration of minorities by the millions,
and brutal suppression of religion. It is a superpower
that seeks world domination, led by its Communist Party. It
surely seeks to spread and impose its atheistic rule over
the whole world.
#3 –Spain with 2,991 deaths
Spain brought the faith to many countries, notably to the
Philippines and much of Latin America. But it has become very
secular, liberal and modernist. It has embraced the culture
of death (divorce, abortion, euthanasia), and legalized same-sex
marriage in 2005. Only 3% of Spaniards consider religion as
one of their three most important values (even lower than
the 5% European average). While 71% self-identify as Catholics,
only 13% go regularly to Sunday Mass.
The top three pilgrimage places for Catholics are (1) the
Holy Land, (2) the Vatican, and (3) El Camino de Santiago.
This latter is a pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela,
which is in Galicia, Spain.
#4 – Iran with 1,934 deaths
Iran is the seat of radical Muslim extremism. It supports
Islamic terrorist groups. It seeks to impose sharia law upon
the world and push Islamic rule and domination.
#5France with 1,100 deaths
France is the so-called eldest daughter of the Church. But
it has become very secular, liberal and modernist.It legalized
same-sex marriage in 2013. As of 2012, one-third of the French
people considered themselves atheists. While 47% are Catholics,
only about 4.5% attend Mass regularly.
Lourdes, the place of healing, is in France.
#6 – USA with 782 deaths
The USA is a divided nation, where the war between good and
evil is being fiercely fought. On the one hand, you have the
liberals, progressives, modernists, secular humanists. They
are anti-God, anti-family and anti-life. They promote sexual
licentiousness, abortion and the deeply diabolical transgenderism.
On the other hand, you have the pro-God, pro-family and pro-life
The future of this nation is on who will emerge victorious
in the November elections this year. If the Democrats win,
that will be the beginning of the end. Further chastisement
from God will follow. If the Republicans win, there will be
a good chance of redeeming traditional American values, which
stem from Judeo-Christian values.
What happens is of consequence for the whole world. America
is still the world leader. Its values are what will greatly
influence the rest of the world.
The three greatest threats to the world and to Christianity
are (1) Western liberalism, (2) Islamic radical fundamentalism,
and (3) Chinese atheism. These relate to the countries listed
above, which have been hardest hit. COVID-19 is God’s
slap on the world’s wrist, reminding us of how we
are abandoning Him, and inviting us to return to Him.
Today, with societies under lockdown, we are being deprived
of what most people valuesocializing, dining out, sports,
entertainment, concerts, shopping, gambling, etc. God’s
lesson is that these are not what really matter most. In fact,
many of these may lead us away from virtuous lives, as we
indulge in what the world has to offer. But COVID-19 is also
depriving us of what faithful Catholics hold dearthe
Eucharistic celebration, the sacraments, Holy Communion. Well,
many Catholics have not been faithful in partaking of these.
God is reminding us that whatever good we have will be taken
away if we do not make use of and appreciate them. And
hopefully, the current deprivation will lead to a greater
desire to fully embrace what God has given us.
Now there is always a silver lining in every dark cloud. With
regard to COVID-19, this scourge also brings blessings. What
More personal time to pray and study. Read more of the Bible
and Christian books. Learn more about the faith and such
important aspects as pro-life from reliable Catholic Internet
resources. We are praying that this scourge be over, so
do not waste any time. You may not have as much free time
More quality time with our loved ones in the family home.
Greater appreciation for what we are missing, especially
Mass and Holy Communion.
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation. It is
also the Incarnation, when Jesus was conceived in the womb
of Mary. Jesus came into the world and won for us our salvation.
He returns in glory to bring his faithful flock to heaven.
May Jesus become incarnate in our hearts and minds, enabling
us to see God’s mysterious action in the world, and
assuring us that He loves us and is always with us. He is
God bless and protect you all.
 Such were these older Catholics.
 This number cannot be trusted, and is probably understated
 Cf Revelation 12:3.
 China entered into an agreement with the Holy See on the
status of the Catholic Church in that country, but this has
led to more suppression and oppression.
 So far, COVID-19 is just a slap on the wrist. It can get
much worse. Or it can just be a precursor of the worst to
come as we enter more deeply in the end times.
See Matthew 13:12 and 25:29, referring in the first instance
to knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God, and in
the second instance to one’s gifts for service. The
lesson for us is that faithful use of God’s gifts (sacraments)
will lead to participation in the fullness of the Kingdom,
while neglect will lead to exclusion.