Monday, 21 September 2020 15:35

Mental Stress caused by Pandemic can be addressed by strengthening Spirituality

In an interview by the Archdiocese of Manila – Office of Communications with Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of the Manila Cathedral, he encouraged the faithful to strengthen their faith especially during this time of COVID-19 pandemic where many people are threatened of physical health and devastation on the emotional and the well-being of a person.

“Hindi lang naman ito medical issue ng karamdaman. Ang dami ring emotional, mental issues na kasama dito kaya mahalaga din yung pananampalataya,” he said.

“Yung medical, yung physical concerns natin matutugunan yan ng doctor, matutugunan yan ng siyensiya. Pero yung emotional, yung mental malaking bagay magagawa ng pananampalataya natin para diyan,” he added.

Earlier in September the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) has lifted the restrictions to religious activities allowing churches to reopen with 10% seating capacity under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

The reopening allows the faithful to come inside the church and attend the celebration of the Holy Mass, which was placed on hold when the government declared the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Manila because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to Fr. Malicdem, it is best to be physically present during Mass but the faithful are not forced to go out of their homes and attend if they don’t feel they are not yet safe to do so because of the risk of the virus.

“Recently naglabas ng letter ang Vatican office yung Congregation for the Discipline of the Sacraments na nothing beats, nothing compares to the physical presence doon sa misa. Kaya ine-encourage ng Vatican na as long as it is already safe and possible to allow the people to attend Mass, talagang mas maganda nandon physically ang mga tao. But of course we have to consider din yung safety ng mga tao at yung mga tao na hindi talaga makakalabas ng bahay at hindi makakapunta ng misa dahil hindi pa nila nararamdaman yung safety,” he said.

Fr. Malicdem further added that their online services and online masses are made available through their Facebook page and YouTube channel.

As of September 19, 2020, the total coronavirus cases in the country is 283,460. There were 4,930 who died while 209,885 recovered from the virus. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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