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Coronavirus: Hope Does Not Disappoint

Author: Father Raniero Cantalamessa

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Coronavirus: Hope Does Not Disappoint

Read some wise words from Father Raniero Cantalamessa about hope in the midst of the current Coronavirus crisis.

During the general audience sent by video on Wednesday, March 11, referring to the crisis, the Holy Father urged the faithful all over the world to face the situation "with force, responsibility and hope." Let's try to give a context to each of these three characteristics.

Strength

Let us listen to the word that God speaks to his people in a special moment of testing, as if He is speaking to us today: "It is not by power, nor by force, but by my spirit, says the Lord of the army" (Zechariah 4: 6). This does not prevent us from putting into action all human resources and precautions, but it ensures that we are not alone in fighting. God is never so much Emmanuel, God-with us, as when we are in a test. In such a moment, go to Jesus, like the apostles in the storm: " Lord, you do not care what we are going through?" He is waiting for our cry so that his intervention will be at the same time fruit of his grace and of our faith.

Responsibility

Let's not just think about ourselves, to keep ourselves safe, possibly even at the expense of others. Let's think about the consequences of one of our actions or any of our omissions. This situation gives us a unique opportunity to remember that we are one family and "members of each other." A true captain leaves the ship only after all those for whom he is responsible has been rescued. This is the altruism shown by so many doctors and caregivers, but whose example was given to us above all by our Saviour who "offered himself to death for all of us."

Hope

The most beautiful contribution we can offer to our brothers as the people of Catholic Charismatic Renewal is this one: hold on to hope, and to the One who "does not disappoint, because the love of God has been spread in our hearts by the Holy Spirit given to us " (Romans 5: 5). On behalf of the Moderator of CHARIS and the entire International Service of Communion, as a church assistant, I wish to all the brothers and sisters of the CCR the wish that the apostle addressed to the faithful of Rome: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13 )

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