Durban, 04 August, 2020 / 8:32 pm (ACI Africa).
A Prelate in South Africa has, in a reflection about COVID-19 in the country, described the situation of the pandemic as “a particular prophetic moment in our lives,” which calls for the fostering of the three theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity.
“This particular crisis of COVID-19 is a particular prophetic moment in our lives. It calls us to remain strong, steadfast in our faith, love and hope. As we wake up and face each day, let us see each day as a gift. Let us face each day with courage and hope,” the Coadjutor Archbishop of Durban, Abel Gabuza reflects.
In the reflection published Monday, August 3 by the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA), Archbishop Gabuza notes that “the presence of COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest pain to all of us. It is a test about our faith, hope and love.”
“As members of the Body of Christ, it is imperative that we remind ourselves of the virtues of hope, faith and charity,” the 65-year-old South African Archbishop underscores in his reflection.
South Africa, the country with the highest record of the coronavirus in Africa, has reported at least 516,862 cases of the disease including 358,037 recoveries and 8,539 related deaths. The country has introduced a raft of measures including a dusk to dawn curfew, temporary suspension of public worship and the closure of schools and borders to minimize the risk of contagion.