What you can do

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - Updated: 4:50 pm

Beyond practicing safe hygiene, there are many steps to take during this crisis.

Don’t take what you don’t need

Hoarding worsens the situation and can lead to more infections and more impact on the most vulnerable. Be thoughtful and reasonable.

• Leave the masks to others. Masks only benefit health care workers and those who are infected. They are not guaranteed to prevent transmission.

Advocate for the vulnerable and targeted

• Have compassion for those most at risk. Stand up for those who need the most help and make sure they are being cared for, without judgment.

• Fight racism. Discrimination against those with Asian background only hurts the situation.

Love your neighbor

• Check in on isolated or vulnerable neighbors and offer to help with specific tasks such as shopping, child or pet care, cleaning, etc.

• If you are in a position of power, use that power for the good of all. Allow workers to work from home or take time off, limit large gatherings, follow government guidelines.

• Thank and pray for those on the front lines who are protecting us, such as health care workers, police and firefighters. Be gentle and kind to them.

• Pray for all those affected by the crisis.

Until Masses resume, pray in other ways

• Watch the Mass on TV or online. Say the prayer for a spiritual Communion:

My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you.

• The rosary. The Blessed Mother is a powerful intercessor for those most in need.

• Spend at least 30 minutes with the Scriptures.

• Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. See www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/pray-the-chaplet.

• Chaplet of St. Michael the Archangel. See https://tinyurl.com/ql5nr5j.

Information from The Pastoral Center in Alameda, California.

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