“We need to avoid the spiritual sickness of a church that is wrapped up in its own world: when a church becomes like this, it grows sick.”

Pope Francis

The rapid spread of the coronavirus has undoubtedly left all of us struggling to keep up with the effects it is having on every aspect of our lives. Within the span of about 72 hours, I went from traveling less to not traveling at all, to setting up a skeleton crew in the office, to closing the office entirely and having everyone work remotely. As I worked through my ever-evolving schedule with my Executive Assistant, Emily, we both wallowed for a bit as we trashed the detailed travel plans we had been working on for weeks. As I continued on in my lamentations, Emily finally sat back in her chair and reflected, "Ok, literally people are dying and we are still prioritizing our inconvenience. Time to take a deep breath."

She was right of course. The Lord tells us of no "greater love than to lay down his life for his friends." In this time of clear crisis, can I lay down even my way of life, just for a time, to potentially literally save a life? My immunity may be high and my risk factors low, but what’s my tolerance to limit my freedoms for the sake of strangers? When it’s really not about me, am I able to make it about others? I’m pretty sure the coronavirus test isn’t the only test we will be taking in the coming weeks. Here’s to receiving a positive result on the one that matters the most. May God continue to bless us!

Wherever you are, join us at 2:45pm ET- we will be dedicating our daily prayer at CLI over the next two weeks to the healing of those affected, to the stop of the virus’ spread, to the protection of all healthcare workers, and to a greater dependency on the Lord.

by Daniel Cellucci

March 16, 2020

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