The above heading is from our Prayer Book found on page 45 which we encourage all of you to use daily if you are not already doing so. We have received communications from so many of our Clergy who are doing their best to inform, and encourage their parishioners during this time of pestilence. Each area of our lives is affected by what is happening in our country and around the world and it causes fear and anxiety in the hearts of our people. Can you imagine what it would be like for those who have no faith, no hope beyond trust in the government and politicians? Thank the Lord God that we have confidence that “… greater is he who is in us that he that is in the world.” (I John 4:4)
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is still very much in the “ascendancy phase” so it is critical that we treat this Virus as a danger to all of our people. Do not let down your guard in following the guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and our leadership who are at the forefront of the fight against this dreaded decease.
We want to say how much we appreciate the Clergy of our Church and the efforts they are making to stay in touch with parishioners. It is important that our people and others understand that the Church does not close. The Church is always open to the needs of its people, the Clergy are always on duty whether we are under quarantine or not. If we need to have Mass in a virtual format or with a minimal number celebrating live, the Church is there communicating the Love and unfailing presence of God with his people. Parish priests are only a phone call or a text message away in our modern world. We have received a number of encouraging words from the Clergy sent on to us on a number of different platforms.
We would like each of our APA Clergy to continue sending their uplifting and encouraging words. Those sent to Bishop Grundorf, after review, will be sent on to Father Zwingert for publishing on our APA website on a routine basis. It is amazing how reassuring your words of support can be to those who are often alone and feeling isolated.
The first quote we will include on the website is written by C. S. Lewis and was included by Father Ralph Waterhouse in one of his parish communications:
In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”
In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.
— “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays