Washington (Agenzia Fides) - "Future generations will look back on this as the long Lent of 2020, a time when disease and death suddenly darkened the whole earth. As we enter into Holy Week, these most sacred days of the year, Catholics in the United States and the world are living under quarantine, our societies shut down by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic", this is how the message of Archbishop de Los Ángeles, Mgr. José H. Gomez and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops begins, sent to Fides.
They are words of hope for Christians:
"But we know that our Redeemer lives. Even in this extraordinary and challenging moment, we give thanks for what Jesus Christ has done for us by his life, death, and resurrection. Even now, we marvel at the beautiful mystery of our salvation, how precious each one of us is in the eyes of God"
"These are times almost without precedent in the long history of the Church. In the face of this worldwide contagion, my brother bishops and I in almost every country have been forced to temporarily suspend public worship and celebration of the sacraments".
" In this difficult moment, we ask God for his grace, that we might bear this burden together with patience and charity, united as one family of God in his universal Church".
" This Holy Week will be different. Our churches may be closed, but Christ is not quarantined and his Gospel is not in chains. Our Lord’s heart remains open to every man and woman. Even though we cannot worship together, each of us can seek him in the tabernacles of our own hearts. Because he loves us, and because his love can never change, we should not be afraid, even in this time of trial and testing. In these mysteries that we remember this week, let us renew our faith in his love. And let us ask our Blessed Mother Mary to intercede for us", concludes the message.
Even the United States has been hit by the pandemic in a violent and unprepared way. In terms of victims, during the weekend more than 1100 people died in a single day, but at an economic level, there is talk of 10 million jobs lost. And even at an organizational level, in some States people live in fear and chaos.
The richest and most industrialized nation on the planet has registered 68,000 positive cases and 2,500 deaths in one city, New York, surpassing those of 9/11. Recalling that even in this country the figures are lower than reality.
The paradox is that despite the latest figures and what has happened in the world, the order to stay at home does not cover the entire national territory, in a country with more than 300 million inhabitants. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 6/4/2020)