I received a text message from a friend asking me about the famous vision of Pope St. Gregory the Great during the plague of Rome in 590 A.D. I have been busy doing some research so as to provide a sure answer. I’d like to present my findings in bullet-format.
St. Paul Street Evangelization has invited me to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet as part of an ongoing podcast/webinar series during COVID-19.
Afterwards, we will be talking about the St. Michael prayer and Pope Leo XIII in relation to my book. I’d like to invite you to join us today at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.
“All men by nature desire to know”
(Aristotle, MetaphysicaBook 1, Part 1)
In times of crisis, it is natural for us to ask “Why?” Why has such a calamity befallen us? Is this evil a punishment from God? We are inclined to ask about calamities, such as the present novel coronavirus (COVID-19), in terms of God’s punishment in His permissive will.
Unfortunately, it is next to impossible to know with certitude the specific reason why God would punish the world. Theologically, we know that God has permitted the present pandemic via His permissive will. The reason, however, is not something to which we may be privy without an authentic private revelation.
In the present moment of extreme unease, people are searching for answers, and some are indeed turning to private revelation. Gloria TV has made one such effort.