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There is no religious training that prepares a religious leader for a pandemic. This is most especially true when the pandemic is caused by a disease that we have never faced before. Often the religious leader is one who has to channel their own fears into helping others address their fears. And, fear also brings out very strong feelings which of themselves do not help people to act their best.
The primary role of the leaders of the Church is to help us to see more clearly the ways in which God seeks to save us. In the case of the Holy Father, his leadership was very evident during Holy Week when he blessed the world with the monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament. How powerful it was to see the stark dependence upon God that leads to holiness. Bishops are called to find the balance between the availability of the sacraments to foster the faith of people in the direct encounter with Jesus these sacraments bring with legitimate concerns about safety. Often this came with the challenges of navigating a system of government that was not always respectful of the human need to worship.
Priests and deacons can be those who find themselves closest to those who suffer. Often at great risk, there were priests and deacons who courageously ministered to those who were sick and dying. As we continue this Rosary Marathon, let us pray for the Holy Father, bishops, presbyters, and deacons.
Today’s Intention: For the Holy Father, bishops, presbyters, and deacons.