The Spiritual Opportunity of a Pandemic

Despite the inconveniences, trials, and sacrifices that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought into your life, could it also be an opportunity? That’s a question Patrick Madrid posed on The Patrick Madrid Show, reflecting on the ways that this situation might also bring some good into your life. Before you shake your head in disbelief, just hear him out.

“What if what you and I are going through that seems so inconvenient, is a gift from God of time to be quiet, and at peace, and to pray and to really get on track with God because something worse is coming down the road? Think about it. It might be that you’ll look back at some point in the future and say, ‘I’m so glad I had that time that I was grounded by the government that said I couldn’t go out … because I was able to get spiritually on track. I was able to start praying the Rosary,” said Patrick.

Perhaps this is an opportunity, and it’s up to you to use it well. Rather than sitting around watching movies in your pajamas for the next month, make the most of the quiet time you’ve been given to grow deeper in prayer and relationship with God. If you’ve ever used the excuse, ‘I don’t have time’—and let’s face it, we all have—your excuse is no longer valid. You have lots of time!

“I want to give you a sense of calm and perspective that this could easily be a time of enforced ‘Be quiet’. Slow down, don’t be so busy, … turn your hearts toward God, pray, read the Bible, start praying the Rosary every day, and get prepared,” encouraged Patrick.

This could all be a blessing in disguise. Even if it’s difficult right now to see it that way, you never know how your perspective will change as time goes on. Maybe we have more difficult circumstances ahead that this time will prepare us for. We certainly have eternal life to be prepared for. Use this time to get on track with your spiritual life and reconnect with God. You won’t regret it.

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Lindsey is a wife, mother, and contributing author at Relevant Radio. She holds a degree in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lindsey enjoys writing, baking, and liturgical living with her young family.