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Rónán Johnston shares how he and his wife Joanne are responding to the coronavirus with praise and worship-and how others are joining the journey.
God is up to something. He always is.
In early March 2020, the virus, which has since come to be known as Covid-19, was making its way across Europe towards us at what seemed like breakneck speed.
My wife Joanne and I were, like most people, sitting in a kind of mental fog, wondering what exactly to do. Helplessness, powerlessness, “freeze” as it’s sometimes called in psychological circles, can be a strange thing. We see things unfold, yet we go about our daily lives; we have a kind of low level dread in the pit of our stomachs, but we just carry on.
In Ireland, we looked on in horror as Italy succumbed and then Spain. Next, even as we were cancelling the whole St Patrick’s Day festival and telling a million and a half people to stay home, the Cheltenham festival went ahead, as did the Stereophonics gigs and the Liverpool v Atletico Madrid Champions League fixture.
We were afraid.
A Creative Response
We looked at our emails, and there in the inbox was an invitation from two of my bandmates in the Black Velvet Band, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Kieran Kennedy, to join them for an hour of music online. It was sublime. It was the calmest I had felt in about a month. Joanne turned to me and said: “What would this be like as worship?”.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“I mean, what if we were to do a bit of worship-just a couple of songs.”
I thought of Facebook Live, something I had never used, but knew it could be done.
It was two days after our own lockdown, and we sat at the piano, set up the Macbook pro and fired it to go.
Our set was short. Three songs. As we sang, we could see people coming online and watching in. Our hearts quickened. We got excited-so excited, in fact, that when it came time to “save and post” at the end of the recording, I hit “delete” by accident. That was March 28.
It never happened again. Every evening, rain, hail or shine, weekdays or weekends, we have made that appointment with ourselves and the piano (except for once with a guitar). 20 joined us that first evening. Now, 40+ days in, we are hitting 30,000 views.
We led an evening of live praise on Facebook for CCR, which you can watch here:
A Powerful Impact
The steadiness of turning up daily for that 15 minutes has had powerful impacts on us as a couple. It has blessed our household, and our relationship. I believe it has calmed me, but more than that, it has drawn me deeper into a “God’s eye view.”
My heart for people has grown, as has my sensitivity to what doors the Lord may be opening. I even found myself going back to the old unfulfilled prophecies of the past and asking the Lord: “Well, Lord, what are You saying about this? Is this unfinished business I have with You?”
The response has also amazed me, with people telling us this is a solid point of stillness and security for them in their day. A kind of virtual community across the continents has formed, as we check in daily for a short burst of worship together. Not just a moment of reflection, but of reassurance, a reminder that God is working it out, that He is ultimately in control and still promises to be with us throughout.
The fruit is undoubted and yet, as we stand on the edge looking into the chasm of the future, we have no certainty. In some ways, it has taught us the heart of our faith is always a “walking on the water,” putting our feet on ground we’re not entirely sure will hold us.
Yet, with Him, we will find peace, security and a future full of hope.
Dear friends and enemies of Stilum Curiae, we are very grateful to a friend who sent us this valuable article published by the Cooperatores Veritatis website that contains a prophecy about the Church made by Pope Pius XII, Eugenio Pacelli, that has certainly been forgotten by most. It seems extraordinarily relevant, and this is why Cooperatores Veritatis has brought it to light. We hope you enjoy reading it.
“A DAY WILL COME…” – THE REDISCOVERED PROPHECY OF PIUS XII
In 1972 a biography of Pope Pius XII was published in France entitled Pie XII devant l’Histoire written by Msgr. Georges Roche and Philippe Saint Germain, never translated into Italian [or English]. The authors relate various unpublished statements made very “long ago” – in 1933 – by Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli to two of his friends, Count Enrico Pietro Galeazzi and Msgr. Slozkaz, regarding the apparitions at…
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Workers are fully locking down the Sanmin residential compound, while another person fell down on the street in Wuhan, China, on May 14, 2020. (Screenshot) INSIDE CHINA Epoch Times
By Nicole Hao May 14, 2020
As Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the CCP virus first emerged, experiences another wave of infections, residents told The Epoch Times that authorities were downplaying the scale of the current outbreak, and expressed fear of contracting the virus.
On May 14, China’s National Health Commission announced three new infections in the entire country, two of them in Shenyang city in northeastern Liaoning Province, and one in Jilin city, Jilin Province. It didn’t report new data for Wuhan.
Earlier in the week, authorities announced six new infections in Wuhan on May 10 and 11.
They were all residents of the Sanmin residential compound in Dongxihu district. After the diagnoses, authorities locked down the compound area, restricting movements and requiring nucleic acid tests for all residents.
On May 14, Wuhan residents shared a video on social media showing several workers installing a steel panel at the entrance to the compound.
“They fully sealed the [Sanmin] residential compound with steel panels. The authorities are very extreme! I can’t understand,” a Wuhan resident told the Chinese-language Epoch Times.
A resident in Sanmin residential compound told The Epoch Times that no one in the compound was allowed to leave for work. All must remain indoors.
“Thirteen more newly diagnosed patients are from our residential compound,” he said, adding that authorities didn’t announce these infections, but residents were sharing information through word of mouth. “More than 300 others are being isolated at quarantine centers.”
The compound has factories, schools, and stores within its premises. All of them were forced to close.
Another compound resident told The Epoch Times that local authorities have required all residents to be quarantined at home for 14 days.
He said he witnessed authorities set up more than 10 tents at the compound on May 10, with government staff, local hospital staff, and local police visiting the compound. For the past few days, staff would arrive to pick up samples from the roughly 4,900 residents for nucleic acid testing and blood antibody testing.
The resident said he believed that the infection numbers were being underreported.
On May 14, the Wuhan government ordered all city residents to receive a nucleic acid test to determine whether they were infected.
The Epoch Times received several videos from Wuhan residents, showing long lines at testing sites set up on the streets, despite heavy rain.
Medical staff swab saliva from people’s throats. Then, the saliva sample is sent to a hospital or test center for results.
To prevent potential contamination, medical staff must change gloves after each sample they collect.
However, Wuhan residents complained that medical staff didn’t change their gloves, and expressed fear of becoming inadvertently infected.
Netizen Miaomiao said on Weibo, a Twitter-like platform, that her employer arranged for staff to be tested on May 14. “All employees got wet after waiting in the heavy rain, which may cause us to catch a cold,” she wrote in her post. “In fact, most people felt nauseous when the Q-tip touches the throat. Some even coughed. However, the medical staff collected the samples without changing gloves.”
Liuyin Zhixia complained on Weibo: “My neighbor went to test this morning. He said the medical staff’s glove touched his oral cavity. He was very scared and gargled with salt water [when he got home].”
As authorities use checkpoints to monitor people’s movements, it would be difficult for a Wuhan resident to avoid taking the test. Government staff scan a cellphone-generated health code. Only those who receive a green health code—meaning they have never been in contact with the virus—can move around freely.
Local residents also became concerned after they noticed that online retailers notified their customers that they would suspend shipping goods to Wuhan due to the recent outbreak.
Netizens shared a May 12 notice from China courier company ZTO Express and its partner Jinjun Logistics informing customers that its staff wouldn’t pick up or deliver packages to several districts in Wuhan.
Hours later, the two companies denied the information in the notice.
However, many Chinese netizens posted on Weibo that local couriers wouldn’t send their packages to Wuhan.
In recent days, social media videos also showed several people in Wuhan who suddenly collapsed on the streets. Due to fears of the virus, bystanders nearby did not dare to approach them.
It is not known what caused them to fall ill. In one video, first aid workers dressed in a protective suit tried to resuscitate the man. They announced that he passed away on the scene.
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