Pandemic And Loss of Access to Sacraments

There may be other similar posts about this issue. A question that comes to mind is what is more dangerous the Covid-19 pandemic or the limiting or loss of access to the Sacraments especially Eucharist, Confession, and Anointing of the Sick? Mass has been limited or cancelled. The parish I am at is transitioning from one priest to another and has cut the available Mass times in half, confession is by appointment only. Some other parishes in the area have stopped their scheduled confession times and moved to a not available or by appointment only. In my opinion the Sacraments are most important thing we can participate in our lives and are needed even more at this time. This pandemic helps us work on the virtue of patience. On the bright side I trust that Jesus’ mercy is still available.

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If one needs to regain the state of sanctifying grace, it is very important. However, for increase of sanctifying grace, spiritual communion can achieve as much as physical communion.

Catechism of the Council of Trent:

“those who, inflamed with a lively faith that works in charity, partake in wish and desire of the celestial Bread offered to them, receive from it, if not the entire, at least very great benefits”.

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Act of Spiritual Communion for Reference

Yes, absence makes the heart grow fonder as they say. It also heightens our empathy for the plight of people who don’t have access to the Sacraments at all such as the people we’ve recently learned about in the Amazon region.

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We had a shutdown that went about 10 weeks. Public Mass/ communion were unavailable although socially distanced confession was allowed to continue on its regular schedule.

I agree with Motherwit. Sometimes you don’t know what you got till it’s gone, as the song said.

We have had Mass back since June and it does not appear to be going away again, thank God. I continue to pray for the people who lose their Masses.

Yes, it is very difficult to endure this pandemic test.
Many Christians are now discussing this topic.

I have no problem with a test.
I do, however, have a problem with giving away private health information.

By the test, I mean a tough time for all of us, faith is tested.
Closed churches, limited church attendance, a serious examns of faith

Reminds me of the scripture of the 10 virgins, 5 were wise and 5 were foolish. They waited and WAITED for the bridegroom to come. With shut down churches, we are wondering how to keep oil in our lamps. Good question.

The covid numbers peaked here and we are shut down today for 4 weeks. Only 25% capacity in grocery stores. Nothing sucks the joy out of life like waiting in long lines in the blowing snow waiting for a turn to go in, hoping the hoarders didn’t clean out the shelves. We as Catholics can remember to offer up our difficulties in union with Christ for the salvation of souls. This can be a great time of hearts being changed.

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