The Holy City of Rome has become deserted. The entirety of Italy has been “shut down”. Saint Peter’s Square has been blocked off to the public. Saint Peter’s Basilica’s doors are locked. The people of Italy will have to forgo receiving Jesus in the Eucharist until April 3, 2020 (the Friday before Palm Sunday). In the 2000-year history of the Catholic Church, this has never happened.
For centuries, when communities were plagued with disease, the Church was the one place the people of God could go and confide. Furthermore, the Church always bridged the people to God during the deadliest of plagues and war. Now, the Church of Rome is quite literally building a wall and keeping God away from His people. While the Holy City is being kept closed, Church leaders around the world are taking similar “precautions”.
The Church in America has seen some being denied the allowance to receive the Holy Eucharist on the tongue, which cannot be done according to Church law. St. Padre Pio once remarked, “The world could exist without the sun, but it could not exist without the Holy Mass.” Holy Water fonts are being drained as fear of “spreading germs”.
What more could make the Evil One pleased? Denying communicants the ability to receive the Eucharist with proper reverence, allowing for the Eucharist to be desecrated, for particles of Jesus to fall on the floor, this does not please God, but it does please the enemy. Holy Water has always been esteemed as a great sacramental, with the ability to remove venial sins. The Evil One is certainly pleased with these undertakings.
The people of God should be flocking to their parish Church! The Church has the Divine Physician - Jesus Christ and the Church has the function to cure spiritual disease, it truly would be unthinkable to not go to Mass and to pray during this time. We are called as a Church body to pray for the sick, the dying, and especially those who have died. In Church history, we find that popes have called for days of fasting and prayer. Many times these days were marked with actual processions with the Blessed Sacrament around the city of Rome. This has happened before, we know what to do!
The Holy City can close, leaders can attempt to bar faithful communicants from receiving on the tongue, and Holy Water can be dried up, but we must still remain faithful to the Church and to Her people. Our birthright is one of constant consolation from the Merciful Father and in return our consoling of His Most Sacred Heart. The Church is being called once again to open wide Her doors and orphan those who are sick and dying, physically and spiritually. We must heed this call.
Seth is a convert to the Church and lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.