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Is the Coronavirus a Divine Chastisement: Obviously It Is!

End of Globalism After the failed Amazon Synod, Francis put his hope in a Global Compact conference in the Vatican. But the conference was delayed due to the coronavirus. For Roberto de Mattei, the …More
End of Globalism
After the failed Amazon Synod, Francis put his hope in a Global Compact conference in the Vatican. But the conference was delayed due to the coronavirus. For Roberto de Mattei, the virus symbolizes the end of globalism and a world without borders.
God’s Three Scourges
De Mattei recalls the terrible pestilences, famines and wars of the 14th century, that killed a third of the European population. People were aware that these were divine punishments. Saint Bernardin of Siena said: “These are the scourges with which God chastises the people’s infidelity and apostasy: war, pestilence and hunger.” Saint Thomas Aquinas said, “When people sin, God’s vengeance will come upon the whole people.”
Collective Punishment
The Catechism of Saint Pius X knows that God rewards the good and punishes the wicked, because he is Infinite Justice. The Church has always known that God punishes not only individuals but also social groups, families, nations and the whole of humanity. Therefore,…More
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Is the Coronavirus a Divine Chastisement: Obviously It Is!

In John 9, Jesus and his disciples encounter a man who has been blind from birth. The disciples ask Jesus, “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?”
“‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him’”

The disciples were operating unde…More
Is the Coronavirus a Divine Chastisement: Obviously It Is!

In John 9, Jesus and his disciples encounter a man who has been blind from birth. The disciples ask Jesus, “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?”
“‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him’”

The disciples were operating under a common assumption of the time and even today that any suffering we experience or the overall depravity of the world is the result of sin that had not been confessed and atoned for. Jesus gave an alternate reason: one person or many people might suffer so that God would be glorified. A person might suffer for a time so that they might experience an even greater good in the future.

Trials and tribulations offer us a chance to make reparation for our past faults and sins. On such occasions the Lord comes to us like a physician to heal the wounds left by our sins. Tribulation is the divine medicine. St. Augustine of Hippo
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