Lessons in Christian living from COVID-19

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Lessons in Christian living from COVID-19

By Martin Tobin, Director of Catholic Identity and Mission, Catholic Education Tasmania.

Throughout the COVID-19 emergency, Catholic school communities have continued to demonstrate ingenuity, teamwork, and resilience in providing for the learning and safety of their members. The regular rhythm of our schools has been altered by the necessary social distancing measures and intensified personal hygiene routines, and in more recent weeks, the transition to learning at home.

The change in rhythm has been felt in family life with parents and carers adapting to their more active role in their child’s formal education whilst juggling the demands of work and providing for their families.

Teachers have also learnt new skills and refined their teaching practices in order to facilitate the learning at home of their students.

Children and young people have adapted to the limitations placed upon their personal freedom by the social distancing restrictions, foregoing their normal social and co-curricular activities. The regular life events such as meeting friends, family celebrations, participating in Sunday Mass, playing in their local sporting teams and most other activities have been impacted by this situation.

In amongst all of these learnings, the most valuable lesson of the COVID-19 situation is that it requires all of us to practice the central tenet of the Christian life, to seek the good of the other (St Thomas Aquinas); to love God and our neighbour.

Countless times throughout each day we consciously make loving choices for others, placing their needs before our own desires. These loving decisions find expression in simple practical life-giving actions that ensure the physical and mental health of each other, forming the habits or virtues of our mind, heart and hands of what Pope Francis has reminded us to be: ‘the saints next door.’