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Apr 3, 2020

Standing Against Coronavirus with Faith, Hope, and Charity

Jeff Cavins

There are three things within us that can help us deal with trials like coronavirus: faith, hope, and charity. Through these virtues, we can respond to a crisis with confidence and trust in our Lord. Jeff pulls from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Scripture to illustrate what a faithful, hopeful, and charitable response to this crisis looks like.

Snippet from the Show

“Faith is a foretaste of the knowledge that will make us blessed in the life to come.” -St. Thomas Aquinas


SHOWNOTES

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Standing Against Coronavirus with Faith

Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) 142-144 – By his Revelation, “the invisible God, from the fullness of his love, addresses men as his friends, and moves among them, in order to invite and receive them into his own company.” The adequate response to this invitation is faith. By faith, man completely submits his intellect and his will to God. With his whole being man gives his assent to God the revealer. Sacred Scripture calls this human response to God, the author of revelation, “the obedience of faith”. To obey (from the Latin ob-audire, to “hear or listen to”) in faith is to submit freely to the word that has been heard, because its truth is guaranteed by God, who is Truth itself. Abraham is the model of such obedience offered us by Sacred Scripture. The Virgin Mary is its most perfect embodiment.

CCC 150 – Faith is first of all a personal adherence of man to God. At the same time, and inseparably, it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed. As personal adherence to God and assent to his truth, Christian faith differs from our faith in any human person. It is right and just to entrust oneself wholly to God and to believe absolutely what he says. It would be futile and false to place such faith in a creature.

CCC 153 – When St. Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus declared to him that this revelation did not come “from flesh and blood”, but from “my Father who is in heaven”. Faith is a gift of God, a supernatural virtue infused by him. “Before this faith can be exercised, man must have the grace of God to move and assist him; he must have the interior helps of the Holy Spirit, who moves the heart and converts it to God, who opens the eyes of the mind and ‘makes it easy for all to accept and believe the truth.'”

St. Thomas Aquinas – “Faith is a foretaste of the knowledge that will make us blessed in the life to come”

Standing Against Coronavirus with Hope

Titus 2:13 – “awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ”

Ecclesiastes 9:4 – “But he who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.”

1 Timothy 6:17 – “As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches but on God who richly furnishes us with everything to enjoy.”

Psalm 118:8 – “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”

Jeremiah 48-13 – “Then Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel, their confidence.”

Psalm 33:17 – “The war horse is a vain hope for victory, and by its great might it cannot save.”

Hosea 2:15 – “And there I will give her her vineyards, and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.”

Roman 5:1-5 – “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

Standing Against Coronavirus with Charity

John 15:11-13 – “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

1 John 4:18 – “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love.”

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