The COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a health crisis, followed by an economic and a social one.
And all of it can lead to a crisis of faith.
But it’s faith that can lead people through a crisis, Teresa Tomeo insists in her latest book, “Conquering Coronavirus: How Faith Can Put Your Fears to Rest.”
Tomeo wrote the book quickly, she said, after speaking with area priests on her radio program, “Catholic Connection,” on EWTN-affiliated Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor (990-AM), about how they are ministering during the pandemic.
“I wrote 20,000 words in about four days; it just came pouring out of me after the experience of losing my mom,” said Tomeo, whose mother, Rosie Squillace, 93, passed away March 19 — not because of COVID-19. “There were so many things about this experience, about how people must feel about not doing a funeral Mass, as well as so many great priests and all the neat programs and ways people are giving witness to their faith.”
Tomeo likened today’s crisis to that of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when the country saw a great outpouring of faith as people looked to reconnect with the spiritual.
“There is a combination of so much things going on spirituality right now,” Tomeo said. “It was the Holy Spirit inspiring me to write that amount of copy in such a short period of time.”
“Conquering Coronavirus” highlights some of the creative ways clergy and others have ministered, as well as traditional, time-tested devotions and practices lay Catholics can use at home to strengthen their spiritual life in trying times.
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