By Fr Kieran O Mahony OSA, a Biblical scholar based in Dublin
The first is the move from “I” to “we”. This is a frightening situation that we face together. The common good — the good of us all — must be given first place. That is a very Christian, even a very Catholic virtue.
The second is an attitude of concern and compassion. Even if we must be isolated in our own homes or work places, modern communications allow to stay in touch in a way impossible before. This is a great benefit. But, we need to choose to stay in contact, perhaps with a greater frequency so that people don’t feel abandoned.
The third is a respect for truth. In recent years, truth has suffered in public discourse, giving rise to a horrible expression, the post-truth era. In these days, we need to pay attention to science and medicine and less attention to opinion makers and rumours. A society without truth cannot last. Today, right now, we need truth more than ever before.
Lastly, as Christians, we can pray. We can pray in particular for scientists, medical personnel and politicians. These are wonderful people with a huge job of work before them. As we pray for ourselves and our families and friends, we pray too for all who look after the common good.