DO NOT BE AFRAID!
I'm reading the bible in a year with Father Mike Schmitz and afterwards this morning I was praying. My thoughts were about last night and a vision came to me asking you a question about the fear of all our people about Covid-19. I believe either we worry or we have faith but we can't do the same thing at the same time. Personally, my family wears masks in public but my family got to the pew and took our masks off. Later we were approached that Father wants us all to wear a mask and the gentleman asked us to put our masks on. We humbly complied. I understand many old or sick are dying from the spread but should we all be oppressed for those that can stay sheltered? Should holy water be removed from the fountains? Should we be seeing so much violence provoked by the Democrats during '20 and then recently as it seems provoked by the Republicans? Isn't this what the devil wants? Please, help me understand.
Second, I roomed with a buddy at Wayne State College in Nebraska from '98-00. My buddy grew up Methodist and every morning he would read the bible and every night he would read and study the bible before going to bed. He always challenged me on my Catholic faith but I didn't know it well and told him I would get to it later. He ended up going to the Methodist monastery in Texas for 2 years and then dropped out and is now agnostic. He is a client and we typically go skiing together once/yr. On the last 2 ski trips he's mentioned how Jesus was a prophet and like many other religions they were born from prophets as well. He's also asked me why I'm Catholic and my response has been because I believe in the eucharist and that Jesus founded the Catholic church and that I believe in all the miracles God has given us to believe. He has responses for all but his miracle response stands out that other religions have miracles as well from their god or gods. I'm interested in your guidance on this. As you were speaking last night I thought I would ask his dad to pray for him as he has authority over him. One questions I asked him is how he feels about teaching his wife and kids about being agnostic. That seemed to strike a cord. Would it help if I had a box of salt blessed by a priest and mailed it to him letting him know this it's the best salt found in the world for eating Any advice please even if it includes a book or podcast so I can understand other religions better.
These masks can't stop a virus - I have no fear of covid 19, I only wear a mask because it's mandated by our leftist government and they do have civic authority, however the left is weaponizing this coronavirus in order to control us and to deny us basic liberties. They are also seeing if there is a push back from the Church and the Church leaders have utterly failed to push back. In fact, many Church leaders are in the tank with the globalist, the democrats and even the communist.
To the extent that America is great is because of two Institutions that the left hates. They HATE Christianity and they hate capitalism. These two firewalls stop them from dominating the world. The purest, perfect form of Christianity is Catholicism and Catholicism gave us free market capitalism. The left seeks to destroy Catholicism through infiltration and the most recent plan these Luciferians have devised with their communist allies is the wuhan virus that can affect or potentially kill off a large portion of people on planet earth. Time will tell.
What keeps me sane and sober is that God is in control. He has the last WORD. God also looks down from heaven and laughs at these evildoers (cf. Psalm 2:4). Here is some spiritual direction:
Do a ‘spiritual communion’ everyday as you imagine yourself receiving Our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion.
Do an ‘act of contrition’ everynight and ask the Lord to give you the grace to have ‘perfect contrition.’
Pray the chaplet of the Divine Mercy and the Holy Rosary everyday.
Repeat these words throughout the day: JESUS I TRUST IN YOU!
St Paul feared nothing, not even death - in fact he longed to die to and to be with Christ. cf. Philippians 1:21 (RSV) “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” And Romans 14:8 (RSV) says: “If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.” In fact, if you are a Catholic in a state of grace and you die, you've WON more than any lottery. That's why the early Catholic martyrs ALL saw death as "a positive option." I do, don't you?
The virus is like another flu, its flu season, people die during flu season, with else is new. In fact, more people are dying of depression, suicide, drug & alcohol abuse - and many people are dying without LAST RITES (possibly going to hell), that is far worse than anything the Wuhan virus has done.
Our days are numbered here on earth (cf. Psalm 139:16; Job 14:5-6; Heb 9:27). There is nothing we can do to extend our time on planet earth even one day (cf. Matt 6:25-27). I don't care how many times you wash your hands, wear a mask, social distance or self-quarantine. Remember Scripture says about God in Genesis 18:25 (RSV) “Far be it from thee to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from thee! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
And as to your question about Our Lord Jesus Christ. A great Catholic Philosopher that has written on understanding who JESUS CHRIST is would be Dr Scott Sullivan - 'How To Answer A Jesus Critic (scottmsullivan.com) and (The Christ 101 - how to defend the faith with reason & evidence) Christ101 (scottmsullivan.com).