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Keeping the faith amid Covid-19 pandemic

REVEREND Father Brigido "Bridge" Casas encourages the Catholic faithful to focus on God amid the coronavirus disease pandemic.

The pandemic has presented opportunities to cultivate our faith in God amidst fear and anxieties that were blown out of proportion by irresponsible social media posts and fake news.

People would always listen and crave for news as regards Covid-19 pandemic to the point that it has ingrained a lot of negativity in the different communities.

Analyzing the situation, somehow, Covid-19 has partially conditioned the minds of people to fear for their lives almost to a level of paranoia which is neither healthy nor helpful.

While it is good to practice safety and take care of our physical body, as Christians we are also that taught that death is inevitable and should be seen as a celebration of life, he said.

There are only two things in this world that cannot be stopped by man, i.e., change and death.

It is just that because of the paranoia and the public panic over the virus, people failed to see the other aspects of life.

"As a priest, I continue to serve our fellow men. We do not deprive the people who need their help especially in visiting hospitals, anointing the sick and blessings corpses. That is part of my ministry to bless the dead. Everytime a funeral parlor would ask me to bless the body before they get buried or cremated, I would gladly accept it because that is my way of helping a family cope with the new normal," he shared.

God is at work and He will not leave us. God is greater than the virus. He is more powerful than the virus, he pointed out.

The Covid-19 situation gave us the way to discern what are essentials in life that opted us to go back to basic living. It made us see the silver lining in the crisis.

Let us continue to pray for the sick, the front liners and for all those who risk their lives during the pandemic.

"We can pray everywhere. Family is the basic unit of church. Church means us the people," he added.

He also cautioned all to be more responsible in using social media especially in seeking for truths as he enjoined everyone to keep the faith burning amidst the coronavirus pandemic.


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