We are now entering the second phase of the epidemic of the coronavirus epidemic. It is no small matter that our state has been able to effectively combat the spread of this pandemic that has rocked the entire human race. It is upsetting to us that the pestilence continues to be a threat in many parts of our home country. It is heartbreaking to see the heartbreaking spectacle of precious human lives collapsing in so many countries that have made tremendous gains in the fields of science, technology and finance. In particular, a good percentage of them are believers who share our faith and are always at the forefront of providing generous assistance to developing countries.
Let us submit to the Lord’s Comrades over one and sixty-eight thousand brothers who have already died in various countries; We can pray to God in heart and hope that the twenty-four lakhs of our sick brothers may recover speedily.
I have informed you of the stringent restrictions imposed by the Central and State Governments and the District Government as part of the Covid-19 defense. Particularly since the first week of March, the guidelines given by the church authorities about the liturgy have been brought to your attention. In our memory, the passover Sunday without the distribution of the spirits, or the Passover Jupiter without the Eucharist and the Eucharist, and the flood of grief and the grief of the cross, are mindless and unimaginable. It is not easy to accommodate this sudden change in the devotional practices we have been practicing since the day we remember.
I heartily congratulate all respected clergy and ministers who have performed sacred rites and other rituals within the permissible limitations of comforting and comforting our people in the midst of stress, spiritual tension, and rhythm of rituals; They are grateful.
Above all, I understand the heartache of many believers who have painfully closed the shrines without knowing much about the pandemic, the coronavirus, or the stringent restrictions the rulers have taken to prevent its spread. Join us earnestly and pray that God may enrich you with abundant blessings.
The Holy Week liturgy was broadcast live on Facebook, YouTube and other social media channels and in some other channels in our diocese and many other churches. The services rendered by the Archdiocese Media Commission and the technicians in the various churches have been invaluable in this regard. I congratulate them all for their timely service.
One of the most important suggestions I made in connection with the announcement of Absolute Lockdown was about the plight of our brothers and sisters who are suffering from poverty and poverty due to the disruption of normal life and livelihoods due to Lockdown. Our parish councilors, parish council members and the BCCI are committed to ensuring that there is no one in our parish who is starving without food and without medication. The letter also recommended that the office bearers be given special attention. In this regard, the parishioners were allowed to use the money if they saw fit.
The other parishioners of the same fora had to be assisted by the financially weaker parishes and, if necessary, they could approach the Archdiocese of Social Services and the TSSS. Many parishes have seen exemplary involvement in this regard. In the event that normal life is interrupted and the lockdown period is extended indefinitely, I would suggest that the parish leadership, TSSS and other dioceses continue to provide the necessary care and caution in providing such emergency assistance.
We know that fishing and marketing is facing a major crisis due to lockdown restrictions. As our country, the world and the world passes through a situation like that of an emergency, we must be subject to state-mandated restrictions on fishing and marketing. This is not an opportunity to argue about fairness and profitability. We should be able to convince the authorities of the right to comply with orders.
In some parts of our coastal belt there is an increasing number of homeless people due to frequent seismic events. The situation of the people who lost their houses and camps in the previous sea-seas is very bad. It is a sad fact that the permanent protection of the coast and the rehabilitation of our two hundred brothers who are homeless and without basic amenities in temporary camps and godowns are often limited to promises. Towards the end of the Lockdown and the Covid-19 Prevention Initiatives, let us work together to focus the Government’s swift attention to a lasting solution to these problems.
The present situation of a large number of peasants, construction workers, and people working in small and large corporations in the inner parts of our diocese is very disturbing. Our attention and assistance should be extended to them in this time of drought and drought.
Another important issue that crosses our minds at this time is concern and concern for our expatriate brethren. We are fully aware of the plight of hundreds of thousands of Archdiocese trapped in the Gulf and other overseas countries due to a complete lockdown. The city receives a number of phone calls and messages requesting the government to intervene in their affairs and exert pressure on the central and state governments. The fact is that nothing can be done effectively now. Nevertheless, the NORKA Roots agencies are regularly approached by the Archdiocese for Fiscal Affairs and the Fisheries Commission.
We have brought the matter to the attention of the Chief Minister of India and the Union Minister of External Affairs on more than one occasion. There is no reply other than that it is now possible to do anything other than restart international flights. But there is a bit of relief: the Foreign Ministry has assured us that our brothers may try to provide the necessary infrastructure with the embassies of the countries where they reside.
We have no assurance that our expat brothers will return home. But one thing is for sure: they will return here in the not too distant future. By the time they get here, we should already have a clear idea of something to take care of. All of us are obliged to strictly follow the directives of the Central and State Governments, particularly the Department of Health and the District Administration, on the requirements of those returning from abroad. We must ensure that the observation – quarantine period is strictly adhered to.
Needless to say, negligence and disaster bring disaster. Recall that most of the densely populated coastal villages in Kerala are in our diocese. There is nothing wrong with fighting this pestilence that is impossible to withstand in the event of an outbreak. Let us not see the grim face of the coronavirus that has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.
The second phase of Lockdown is expected to end on May 3. However, with the ever-increasing number of CVD-affected people in the northern Indian states, there is uncertainty as to whether the functioning of shrines and educational institutions will be able to resume as usual. Whatever it is, we must strictly abide by the restrictions imposed by the civil administration. At the same time, we must do all we can to preserve and nurture the spiritual spirit and glory of our people. Although active participation in divine sacrifice and reception of sacraments is not possible at this time;
– Try to make the most of the opportunities and benefits available through the visual media.
– Activate the habit of saying a family evening evening prayer in our homes, in the present situation.
– Please pray for the Holy Mother’s powerful prayer by praying and praying in May, especially on the mysteries of salvation.
– In the absence of family cohesion, each family needs to devote a certain amount of time to reading, thinking, and enriching their lives.
– Prayers already written by Pope Francis and by the Bishops’ Councils of India and Kerala can be conveniently used to overcome the present situation. Mercy is likewise an effective prayer.
Another important point is to keep our parish systems inactive. Parish Council Meetings, B.C. Meeting Meetings Although not practical in today’s special environment, we have to take the lead by taking social distance and other initiatives to bring comfort and comfort to the sick, elderly and isolated in the parish.
In this Lockdown period, let alone the life of the lonely and the helpless and the helpless. Needless to say, caste and religious considerations are irrelevant. We celebrate the ‘feast of hope’, Easter, within the constraints and constraints. Let us pray that the world may be enriched by the mercy of the Almighty Father who is renovating and restoring all things in Christ and that the world may be freed from this pestilence.