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On the Feast of St. Agnes, a virgin martyred in the fourth century around the age of 12, Cdl. [Gerhard] Müller recently preached in St. Agnes in Agony, a church in Rome’s Piazza Navona that bears the young martyr’s name.
The German cardinal began by acknowledging the feast day, and saying that St. Agnes, who chose death rather than the worship of false gods, would be disgusted by the Pachamama scandal, in which those who participated forgot God’s First Commandment.
Müller went on to note that at the time of St. Agnes’ martyrdom, a terrible plague swept through the Roman Empire, leaving piles of corpses in Carthage, as described by Father of the Church St. Cyprian of Carthage.
Referencing that great plague, the cardinal segued into the coronavirus pandemic.
While Müller said measures taken on the natural level to protect one’s self and others from the virus are good, with supernatural faith, believers know they have no permanent place here.
Owing to this, the German prelate explained “We cannot, like the Gentiles, put all our hopes in a vaccine that will never be a medicine for immortality or that could guarantee us a life without suffering.”
Müller revealed the ultimate remedy to death is Christ, whom the faithful receive especially in the sacrament of Holy Communion.
Thus, this successor of the Apostles insisted it’s time to open church doors.
Priests must be free to administer to the faithful, and fear must not prevent this.
He concluded by returning to St. Agnes: “If a 12-year-old girl preferred faithfulness to Christ to a long and comfortable life, then we Christians today can follow the example of St. Agnes to resist the test of our faith in the current pandemic and the diabolical temptation to apostatize from Christ.”