As we wander through this valley of uncertainty during the COVID-19 situation, let us listen out for the Good Shepherd’s voice – how we can play our part to protect each other and make the best of the situation as Christian citizens. To help us with this, the Daughters of St Paul and the Association of Pauline Cooperators will offer us a series of messages this Lent to all Catholics.
Lent is the great season of love, not as the world knows it in romantic ballads, but in the great transformative love of God, demonstrated in the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus in his passion and death.
In difficult times, such as our current tense environment of living with Covid-19, we often find our faith challenged.
While we put our faith and hope in the Lord to keep us safe and healthy, it is vital not to become complacent with passive hope and inactivity.
As followers of Christ, it is also crucial that we live our lives as his witnesses with prudence, also known as "practical wisdom".
Justice is described as the virtue that enables us to act correctly and appropriately in all circumstances, giving God and others their rightful due.
Fortitude is the strength and courage that enables us to endure difficulties, confident in God's love for us. It is the ability to be constant in doing good, trusting in God's will, and that he will make all things right in his time.
Just like all the virtues we have previously reflected upon, temperance helps us to focus our attention less on ourselves and more on God and others.
Kindness is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit acting within us. A supernatural gift, it is not about loving the lovable only, but often entails reaching out to people whom we think don’t deserve our love or who reject us.
In a world which increasingly deifies the individual, Christian humility is not just about thinking less of one’s own importance but goes even further in encouraging us to not think of ourselves at all.