Father Rodolfo “Jojo” Cal-Ortiz feels humbled and honored to help patients suffering from COVID-19 with their last Sacraments, the grace of absolution and apostolic pardon. Still, the priest acknowledges that those on the hospital frontlines have to deal with their own fears.
Daily struggles continue for the homeless population that suffers from mental illness and chemical addictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations that care for this already underserved population have created news ways to offer critical programs and services while social distancing to keep both clients and workers healthy and safe.
This article is not another follow-up post adding to the vortex of this horrifying pestilence; rather, it is an insight, an “ah-ha” moment that emerged from silence. Indeed, God speaks. St. Teresa of Calcutta affirms, “In the silence of the bosom God speaks.” Certainly, God discloses himself “in a gentle breeze” (cf. 1 Kings 19:13).
Alarmed by the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) available to frontline healthcare workers fighting to slow the coronavirus pandemic in the Galveston-Houston region, husband-and-wife duo Josh and Beckie Gautreau decided to take things into their own hands — and sewing and 3-D printing machines.
Young adults, already handy with computer apps and using technology in everyday life, have kept up with prayer life and spiritual exercises online with the Archdiocese’s Young Adult and Campus Ministry reaching even beyond the Galveston-Houston area.
Among the drastic changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of students across the country shifted from in-person lessons to distance learning. For Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese, this meant changing their curriculum and methods entirely so students could learn from home.
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