Bear with me here. Pandemics do not always occur somewhere else. Under “normal” circumstances, the Sacraments are a requirement - at least once yearly. Note that we are nowhere near the once yearly point. The pandemic has changed the rules for all mankind, not just Catholics. Continuing masses places everyone at a much greater risk of infection with this novel (unknown, never before seen) virus.
It kills by causing your immune system to essentially strangle your lungs, filling them with fluid. Almost like drowning, but slower. It is very easily transmissible. No one is immune, although most have mild forms. You cannot tell, in a substantial number of cases, whether you are infected or not.
If you do not know that you are infected, you will spread the virus. It will be fatal in probably 1:10 to which you spread it. Remember how may gray heads are at the mass? It is especially merciless on the elderly. There is no treatment. None. Zip. Zero. Nada. Only ventilators to force your breathing until you either recover or pass away - if ventilators are even available.
Remember also that ventilators are not used on many elders, as the risk of infection or other complications makes them a poor medical practice. So, some are doomed the moment they are infected.
You cannot receive the sacraments if you are dead. This stuff is that bad. We travel, it travels. It wants to kill us, and is demonstrating that it is pretty darned effective at that. Once healed, it can re-infect. Dig into it and you will soon see what is being talked about.
Consider: The priest who went down with the Titanic was unable to administer the sacraments to all. Did that make the sacraments less valid? Less necessary? No! The physical conditions - outside of his control, - caused that to occur. And so it is today…
I am not you, but if I were you, I would stop looking at what is not happening and focus on what is happening; shift your attention away from the ‘what’ and consider the ’why’.
The shepherds are caring for us since the evil one has targeted the human race, and specifically those who gather (at mass). I drag on, but two things to consider:
- In the 1700s, the Catholic Church in Korea was founded based on Jesuit documents obtained from China. They had no priests for 12 years. When a Chinese priest sneaked into Korea, a dozen years later, he found 4,000 Catholics who had never seen a priest or received any sacrament! Within seven years, there were 10,000 Catholics.
Bottom line: Trust God.