We’ve removed God from our public schools.
We’ve removed Nativity scenes from our public squares.
Some judicial rulings have required the removal of large crosses.
Not to mention all the sins that have become normalized in our culture.
Then along comes COVID-19, infecting almost every country in the world, killing more than a half a million people, and shutting down economies.
All this begs the question: Is Coronavirus God’s punishment for our sins?
You may have wondered about it yourself … as have I.
This week Genuflect answers the question of whether Coronavirus is a punishment from God. Or if it is a chastisement. And what the Pope says on this topic. We also look at what our approach should be as Catholics, what COVID and sin have in common, and what our new normal should look like after Coronavirus. And while we’re talking about punishment, we also bust a couple of other myths.
Punishment or not, we are still at risk. So remain strong in your faith and stay safe.
Founding Editor, Genuflect
Is COVID-19 a Punishment?
Responses to the COVID-19 global pandemic range from saying it’s a punishment from God to saying that God would never punish us like this. The truth, according to Trent Horn, is somewhere in the middle. And here’s what we should all take away from it.
Is COVID-19 a Punishment From God? | Catholic Answers
On March 27th, Pope Francis held a blessing urbi et orbi in St. Peter’s square to end Coronavirus. In his address, he stated that the Coronavirus is not a punishment from God. Here’s what the Pope said Coronavirus is a call for us to do.
COVID-19 is Not God’s Judgment, But a Call to Live Differently, Pope Says | National Catholic Reporter
Is COVID-19 a Chastisement?
Though many, including Pope Francis, say that the Coronavirus pandemic is not a punishment from God, Alfred Hanley says a hundred years of Marian apparitions just might say it’s a chastisement for our immorality and turning our backs on God. Here’s what the Blessed Mother Virgin has said about it.
Is COVID-19 a Chastisement? Ask Mary | Catholic Exchange
Faith Amidst Coronavirus
The Coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, along with growing concern and fear. In addition to the typical medical, ethical, and logistical implications we all face, there are additional questions raised for Christians. Rev. James Martin offers his advice of 5 ways we Catholics should approach the pandemic.
Faith in The Time of Coronavirus | America Magazine
Coronavirus And Sin
Just as the Coronavirus pandemic attacks our physical body, sin attacks our human soul. Tony Jesse explains all the many similarities between COVID-19 and sin … and how to reach out to the sin doctor when your soul is sick.
What Does Corona And Sin Have in Common? | Catholic 365
Post COVID-19 World
Our lives have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. And it’s looking more and more like we may never return to “normal.” Maddy Bass makes a convincing case that perhaps the Lord is preparing us now for a “new normal.” And here’s the new approach she believes will help us all become saints.
How The World Should Change After COVID-19 | Life Teen
Are Disasters a Punishment?
We’ve seen examples in the Bible of natural disasters as a form of punishment by God on populations. But are natural disasters a punishment from God? Leon Suprenant explains that hell is God’s ultimate punishment for our sin.
Does God Punish Sin Through Disasters? | Catholic Exchange
Punishment For Parents’ Sins?
This is not a COVID-19 related article, but it does answer another sin and punishment question. Does God punish children for the sins of their parents?
Are Parents’ Sins Visited on Their Children? | Catholic Philly
COVID-19 And The Holy Thorn
Italy’s Andria Cathedral houses a relic from the Passion of Jesus Christ: a thorn from the original crown of thorns. Miraculously, during Holy Week this year the Holy Thorn became lighter in color. See the photos for yourself and read what Bishop Luigi Mansi says is the meaning of this remarkable transformation.
Pray The Novena to Saint Maria Goretti
On Monday, July 6th we will celebrate the feast day of Saint Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr. Here’s a Novena you can pray for Saint Maria Goretti’s intercession.
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