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Information and regulations in the Archdiocese of Cologne on the corona virus

Shouldn't we, as believers, rely on prayer instead of hygienic measures?

Our faith confesses that not only the soul of man arises and corresponds to the creative will of God, but also his body. According to the binding catechism of the Catholic Church, the latter also "shares in the dignity of being 'in the image of God" "(n. 364). That is why one must “not disregard physical life”, but “on the contrary, consider one's body as created by God and destined for the resurrection on Judgment Day as good and worthy of honor” (Second Vatican Council, Pastoral Constitution 14.1).

In caring for our bodies we are dependent on God's grace, but we should work together with it. In this respect we have to "take care of our health in a sensible way, taking into account the needs of others and the common good", as the Catechism again warns (n. 2288). He concludes: "Of course, prayer does not preclude the use of meaningful natural means of maintaining and regaining health, but rather encourages it, just as it urges the children of the Church to care for and care for the sick to conquer illness, to give help in body and spirit. It is indeed in the plan of divine providence that man fights resolutely against every kind of illness and conscientiously and diligently strives for the high good of health "( n.2834).

Can it be right for a tradition-conscious faith like the Catholic faith to forego what is familiar, tried and trusted and valued because of a virus?

If Christians, like the Jews, believe in the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, the "God of your fathers" (Ex should not disregard. As much as Jesus' good news was based on such traditions, it was still "a new doctrine with authority" (Mk 1:27). From the beginning Christians are aware that they are "walking in the reality of the new life" (Rom. 6: 4) and "serving in the new reality of the Spirit" (7: 6). Christ himself pointedly pointed out that no one "puts young wine into old bottles. ... Young wine belongs in new bottles" (Mk 2.22). New is not an enemy of Christianity, but actually part of its essence!

When parts of the early church in Jerusalem were persecuted and dispersed, they had to forego much of what they were used to and valued. But it was precisely through this that the first step towards a universal church was taken, because the Christians now also testified to their faith in the pagan environment. God is writing on such crooked lines! We must learn to recognize the will of God in the new, strange and unfamiliar, to accept it and to do it. Our faith does not have to be damaged or even broken by the current challenge posed by the virus and the associated restrictions on religious life. It is possible that right now we will be able to break through crippling routines, to shake off indifference and superficiality that have crept unnoticed into our religious life! If we prepare our hearts in this way, we can also come to a completely new appreciation of faith, to new ways to pray, proclaim and work in a Christian way, in short: to a new perspective that makes our personal faith more conscious, richer and happier .

In view of the current epidemic, isn't heroic courage to confess?

"The main thing is healthy" - just imagine this motto, which is often heard today, in the mouth of a martyr! The Catholic moral doctrine calls for "respect for bodily life", but declares it "not to be an absolute value" (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2289). Christ himself put this into drastic words when he exclaims during the Sermon on the Mount: "If your right eye causes you to do evil, then tear it out and throw it away! For it is better for you that one of your members should be lost than that your whole body will be cast into hell "(Mt 5:29).

As the text itself shows, the commandment applies to put physical well-being aside, but especially in the event that this harms eternal salvation. Christian charity is evident not only in large gestures, but also in small things. In our day it is already expressed in the fact that for the sake of the health of others one foregoes a visit that one would have liked to visit, or the company that one is looking for. One can "go into his room, lock the door and then pray to the Father who is in secret" (cf. Gospel of Matthew 6, 6) - without being supported by a visible prayer community or the official liturgy of the Church. Another option is to get involved with others who are worse off than yourself.

Indeed, the day-to-day commitment of those who work in the healthcare sector is heroic. The same applies to those who forego protective isolation and stay in their place in order to maintain important basic services in our society: not out of recklessness, but out of their sense of responsibility. In short, during this crisis, of course, heroism does not consist in negligence. Rather, we find it wherever people show solidarity for the well-being of others despite the massive threats to life and limb.