The story of the Gospel of today, the man born blind and cured by Jesus, is helping us to shed some light over the fear of corona virus.

        I believe this global tragedy is bringing back to us the crude reality, that we are “humans”. Most of the times in our life we are pampered with great feelings and great celebrations, and thanks God for that. But it comes a time when we have to face our real condition as feeble creatures, subjected to the law of life and death.

      Fear of God is strictly connected with fear of death; but we come to the fear of God only when we are faced with the fear of death.

There are many ways in which we can look at death.

       First is the existential aspect; that means that everything that I am will come to a sudden stop. My human life here on earth can stop tomorrow morning and I cannot do anything about it. We feel the impotence to control and decide on our existence; as we were not consulted when we came into the world, so we will not be consulted when we go from this world.

       Death is also a great responsibility for our family. How will they manage their life without me? Will they be able to continue on or will they collapse with me? Who is going to help them? Can I do everything possible so that they will be able to fly with their own wings?

      Death is also a big question mark for my future! When I close my eyes, what am I going to see, to feel, to experience? The unknown is probably the worst part of dying; this is what really brings to us this great sense of fear.

       But we Christians have the solution to death. No other religion, no other prophet or guru can give us the secure trust that Jesus himself has given us. He is the only one in the whole history of mankind to come back with His body from the tomb. He is the only one that is able to continue to live after his death in His own body, giving us the “certainty” that there is a life for us, as soon as we close our eyes to this world.  This is not fantasy of philosophy, this is historical fact with material proofs.

     So, we are not afraid of death! We know where we are going! We are only changing our address! We only move to a better life and a better place. So, are you sorry because you move into a mansion? Are you sorry because you have nothing else to suffer? Are you afraid because all the troubles and sicknesses of this “valley of tears” will be over?

     What about your family! Think for a minute about your parents; they were able to raise you in spite of so many difficulties and problems. So, do you think that God will not be able to give your children the same opportunity that you had in more difficult times? At least for us in Canada, we can count on a pretty decent society and government and trust that things will continue to be the same and maybe even better.

     So, what is the problem?

I know, the problem is that we are not used to trust in God. We are used to trust in ourselves; but now this is not enough! This is a wakeup call! This is a reminder that we are “humans”. But with a divine spirit, which calls us much farther that this short existence. The fact that we are afraid is already a sign that we believe in something else, after this. If it were all over, once we close our eyes, then we would not have to fear anything else; but our gut feeling is that there must be something else; much more that what we have now!

So, trust in God and be happy. He is in charge; He knows the analysis of the virus and He will inspire somebody to find the cure. But for you, no use to fear because nothing better will come because of your fear; actually, you are not helping yourself or God.

So, don’t be afraid, put your trust in God and be happy! 

ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION, which is a source of grace. Spiritual communion is an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and lovingly embrace him at a time or in circumstances when one cannot receive Him in sacramental Communion. The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us to avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.

PRAYER OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION.

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

 I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,

Come at least spiritually into my heart.

(….)

I embrace you as if you were already there

And unite myself wholly to you.

Never permit me to be separated from you.

AMEN.

Fr. Walter

About Fr. Walter

Father Walter Tonelotto was born in Italy in 1947 and entered the Scalabrini Seminary at an early age. At 20 he was sent by his superiors to study Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York and then to the Toronto School of Theology. He holds a Master in Divinity from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa and a Master in Moral Theology from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, New York City.