Italian doctor pens inspiring letter from COVID-19 trenches: Can’t take anything for granted … all is ‘gift’

Apr 5, 2020 by

by Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSite: A doctor at the frontlines of Italy’s battle against the coronavirus has written a moving letter about prayer, gratitude, and human solidarity. The letter, first published in Italian on March 18, has begun to be circulated in English.  Dr. Amedeo Capetti, an infectious disease specialist at the Luigi Sacco Hospital in Milan, wrote to the editor of Il Foglio, a centrist national newspaper, to describe the psychological and spiritual phenomena he is...

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Socially Distancing from Everyone but God

Apr 3, 2020 by

by Tony Perkins, FRC: If God is trying to get people’s attention, a new Pew poll says He’s succeeding. Turns out, the coronavirus hasn’t just impacted people’s lives, it’s led to a growing outbreak of faith. Almost everyone agrees that the pandemic is significantly changing how they act. They don’t feel comfortable in crowds, they avoid parties, and they’re trying to stay away from places like restaurants. But it’s what Americans are doing...

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God’s answer to your fear, worry and anxiety

Apr 2, 2020 by

by Greg Laurie, Christian Post: Worry and anxiety. They’re everywhere right now, and many of you have felt them. I know I have. Certain words and phrases trigger fear, such as “pandemic,” “shelter in place” and “quarantine.” We begin to play the “what if” game. We panic, asking, “What if THIS happens?” or “What if THAT happens?” We have to be concerned and we have to be diligent – the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a real and serious virus – but we don’t have to panic. Did you know that the...

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Anger, boredom, fear – and their antidote

Mar 25, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: “It’s absolutely disgraceful. The government should have ordered a much more draconian lockdown two weeks ago. And why is there no toilet paper in the shops? Someone is to blame for this.” “I’ve been self-isolating for two days and I’m already bored. There’s only so much you can take of scrolling through darkly comic memes about self isolation and toilet paper, and watching reruns of Netflix box sets and old FA Cup semi final classics.” “Well it’s alright...

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Plague and the comforts of history

Mar 24, 2020 by

by Tom Holland, UnHerd: “History is a pattern / Of timeless moments.” So wrote T. S. Eliot in Little Gidding, the greatest work of literature to have been inspired by the Blitz. Written at a time when it seemed that Britain would lose the war, and civilisation itself be lost to ruin, the poem offered no easy comfort. Eliot, who worked as a firewatcher on the rooftops of London, knew what it was to stare crisis in the face. The bomber and the terror it brings are a menacing presence throughout...

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A different perspective

Mar 24, 2020 by

Philip Giddings, former lay chair of the General Synod and founding convenor of Anglican Mainstream, reflects on the Coronavirus Epidemic The current pandemic is a judgement on the dominance of Mammon not only in the UK and the western world but increasingly across the whole world.  There is also the arrogance of Western Humanity which thinks that science/technology can and should solve all our problems.  There are plenty of precedents in the Old Testament and especially the Psalms of plagues...

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