Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, has issued a Pastoral Letter on the Covid-19 pandemic (see below). In it, he acknowledges the current challenges with which people are contending and offers a message of hope.
Archbishop Neary recognizes that one of the most challenging aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic for people of faith is the restriction on the practice and living out of that faith. In this situation, he says that both courage and faith will be crucial if we are to cope, because “faith enables us to cope with disappointment without abandoning hope”.
Drawing inspiration from the story of the People of God in the Old Testament, the Archbishop continues his reflection by suggesting that we can learn from their experience of being challenged, confronted, and yet consoled by God. And far from being a naïve pursuit, “religious faith creates community and encourages altruism,” Dr. Neary says.