Sacrifice in time of covid-19
Jared Lucky has an excellent article in Commonweal. He offers a critique of those who decry the call to sacrifice natural goods and even supernatural goods like participation in Mass for the sake of others. To make these sacrifices is not a surrender, it is an act of love. I would add that God is not limited by the sacraments, but he gives grace to those who are deprived of them, who hunger for them. Self-isolation or quarantine
is a costly act of service that meets the urgent human needs of our neighbors. That service may involve going to work—at a hospital or a testing center—or staying home. But make no mistake: these sacrifices are not a surrender to death. They are a sacrifice to the God who gives life.
Pray and serve through this time of sacrifice.