Fr. Jack Zupez, SJ
God means for us to learn from this experience. Our sufferings can embitter us or can teach us to be compassionate toward all others who suffer.
Learning from the Pandemic

By Fr. Jack Zupez, SJ

July 30, 2020 - St. Paul explains human history as passing from the alienation spoken of in the first nine chapters of Genesis to gradual reconciliation of all peoples, as children of one God. Christ came in the middle of time to give this movement of history a dynamic impetus forward. From Paul's perspective, then, we see God's purpose behind the crises of our times, when diverse peoples are forced to live in contact with one another, in one global economy. If we cannot be reconciled to living in peace and justice together, then we have reason to fear the confrontations that will follow.

Pope Francis has expressed the hope that we will not come out of the Covid-19 crisis to return to "business as usual"; God means for us to learn from this experience. Our sufferings can embitter us or can teach us to be compassionate toward all others who suffer.

Actions with regard to the virus on the other side of the world have some impact on us all, the care or carelessness we show, the research and sharing of remedies. The diverse peoples of the world will have made a profound step forward if we come out of the Covid-19 crisis determined to live as one people under God. We will have grown in the practice of true charity which is known by its universality. This gives us much to hope for from this pandemic, for our country and for our world.

On the local level, also, Pope Francis has shown inspiration. He reaches out in addressing difficult situations with courage and compassion, and encourages us to do so also, "to take on the smell of the sheep." This gives meaning to what St. Paul says about "completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions" and so completing Christ's work. How many are risking their lives to ease others' afflictions during this pandemic! They are, consciously or unconsciously, fulfilling what we are called to by our Eucharistic celebrations, to be transformed into one body in Christ, and to reconcile all of creation in him.

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Aug. 3, 2020 - On July 31, 2020, the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, Fr. Thomas P. Greene, SJ, became the second provincial of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern (UCS) Province.

July 28, 2020 - Father Thomas E.J. Kelly, SJ, died Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at the Fusz Pavilion in St. Louis. He was 81 years old, a Jesuit for almost 56 years and a priest for 41 years.

July 30, 2020 - The 30th class in ASC program history remains committed to serve their schools, even amid a deadly pandemic.

July 23, 2020 - Cristiano Casalini and Fr. Claude Pavur, SJ, have collaborated on a new translation of Joseph de Jouvancy’s The Way to Learn and the Way to Teach. i

July 21, 2020 - The priestly ordinations of Jesuits David Lugo and Matthew Stewart were postponed from June 13 to August 15. While they wait, they shared a few reflections on the delay and this extraordinary time.

June 22, 2020 – During the coronavirus pandemic, the Thensted Center in Grand Coteau, La., refocused its mission to distribute food bags, frozen prepared dinners and hygiene items/household cleaning supplies to those in need.

June 5, 2020 — The Diocese of Youngstown announced the death of the Most Reverend George V. Murry, SJ, today.

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