Jul 21, 2020
This is Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. One of the most comforting images we see after an unforeseen disaster or, more recently, a global pandemic, is that once we absorb the initial shock, we witness the loving presence of others to those in need. The result was a stronger sense of community and a generous desire to help our brothers and sisters. People contributed to their churches and charitable organizations so that essential outreach ministries could continue. Others stepped forward to donate groceries, run errands for the elderly, and even make masks for their neighbors and friends. We are reminded in Scripture that if we bear one another’s burdens, we fulfill the law of Christ. Challenges remain, but we know that by God’s grace, we will persevere and thrive as a community and as a nation.