The coronavirus is not some form of divine punishment but a tragic event that, like all suffering in one’s life, is used by God to awaken humanity, said the preacher of the papal household.

“The coronavirus pandemic has abruptly roused us from the greatest danger individuals and humanity have always been susceptible to: the delusion of omnipotence,” Capuchin Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa said during an April 10 service commemorating Christ’s death on the cross.

“It took merely the smallest and most formless element of nature, a virus, to remind us that we are mortal, that military power and technology are not sufficient to save us,” he said.

Praise the Lord

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