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Back to the dark ages?

March 26, 2020 - Thursday 4:03 AM by Fr. Roy Cimagala

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          Of course, not! If at all, this extraordinary time we are
having these days because of the coronavirus pandemic is a clear
invitation for us to learn to live for the future. In fact, it is
offering us an opportunity to learn to live for eternity. We should be
happy about this development. This pandemic is a clear blessing in
          Yes, we have to learn to detach ourselves from time, whether
it is the prehistoric era, ancient, dark ages, medieval, modern or
contemporary time. More precisely said, while we live in time, we have
to learn to transcend it, setting our mind and heart always on
eternity where we are meant to be in our definitive state.
          It does not really matter what part of earthly time we live
in. What matters is that we know how to relate our time to eternity,
the natural to the supernatural, the material to the spiritual. Thus,
we should learn how to drop and leave everything behind when the time
comes for us to enter the eternal life, and be ready to face our
Father and Creator.
          Our usual problem is that we tend to get swallowed up by our
earthly condition of time and nature, ignoring the far richer reality
of our definitive life with God in heaven for all eternity. If we
would just know the ultimate parameters of our life as provided by our
Christian faith, then we would not really mind what historical era and
culture we belong to, since we would know how to relate our here and
now to our definitive life beyond.
          The things in this world and life only have a relative
value. They are meant to offer us the means, the reason and the
occasion to relate ourselves to God from whom we come and to whom we
belong in a most intimate way. It is our relation with God that has
absolute value. Everything else follows from there.
          And so, with the new conditions that now are imposed on us,
like the lockdown, quarantine, curfew, the social distancing,
disinfecting, etc., which perhaps may force us to do things that we
usually do not do anymore, like cooking and dish-washing, doing
laundry, house-cleaning, etc., we should just be game enough to go
through them.
          What matters is that we relate them to God. These tasks have
the same or even more potential sanctifying value than our usual
serious and more difficult jobs during our normal days. What matters
is that we put love for God in doing them. And since they are
relatively easier tasks to undertake, then we have a golden
opportunity of attaining some degree of sanctity in an easier way.
          But more importantly, these extraordinary conditions we are
having now are a good opportunity to really deepen our prayer life and
everything in our spiritual life which, in the end, is what would
endure for all eternity.
          We cannot deny that because of the usual frenetic lifestyle
these days—some of us would even describe it as having a fast and
furious lifestyle—we most likely give our spiritual life a very
shallow attention and care, if at all.
          Now is the time to polish our skill at mental and
contemplative prayer, at developing an abiding and practical spirit of
sacrifice, at polishing our knowledge of the doctrine of our faith,
and at achieving a stronger unity of life, where there is more
coherence between our faith and our life, between our good intentions
and our deeds, between the theories and principles we profess and
their practice, etc.
          With respect to our life of prayer, we should learn how to
really be focused in our conversation with God, knowing how to avoid
distractions and how to equip ourselves adequately so that our prayer
becomes meaningful and substantial.
          There are many good things that can be done during these
extraordinary days, many golden opportunities that can be taken
advantage of.