Today there is a segment of the population that is outraged by wearing a mask in public as though they have lost some fundamental human right. We are in the midst of a world-wide pandemic about which, despite the best efforts of many good minds, we know very little. So, we are asked to wear a mask in public until a handle can be gotten on this situation. What, may I ask, warrants this indignation? Is it really that much of a problem if it may save the life of someone’s grandma? Or perhaps the life of a husband who has a heart condition? I don’t see the issue.
Some Americans rail against wearing a mask, while people in war ravished nations starve to death, locusts devour crops in Africa, famine is spreading like a plague upon the earth, and economies collapse driving millions into hunger.
Oh, that wearing a mask was the greatest injustice that we suffered each day!
While we complain about limited entry into Cathedrals, spacing out at restaurants, or being asked to stay at home as though it is a personal attack on our liberties, people in America are living in the streets, and in other nations–landfills.
In America, people are saying Covid-19 is a hoax while refrigerated trucks are lined up as makeshift morgues outside hospitals.
Mass grave trenches are excavated in New York (left) and rows of graves dug in other nations such as Brazil (below).
Why should a good Catholic wear a mask? Love. Were it that all masks had “because I love YOU” written across the mouth. Why is there even a discussion here?
Is not love a good enough reason? If the mask feels a little oppressive, remember the humble jew who bore a cross and was crucified that we may have eternal life.
Praise, Glory, and Love to you Lord Jesus Christ
In the word of Pope Francis, let us pray:
You shine continuously on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who, at the foot of the cross,
were united with Jesus’ suffering,
and persevered in your faith.
“Protectress of the Roman people,”
you know our needs,
and we know that you will provide,
so that, as at Cana in Galilee,
joy and celebration may return
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus tells us.
For he took upon himself our suffering,
and burdened himself with our sorrows
to bring us, through the cross,
to the joy of the Resurrection.
We fly to your protection,
O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions
in our necessities,
but deliver us always
from every danger,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.