Spiritual wellness amid COVID19

IN a Survey initiated by Radio Veritas, which used a stratified sample of 1,200 respondents nationwide for a +/- 3% margin of error (gathered through a text-based and online data gathering process) the information yielded the respondents’ perception on the resumption of Church Masses in MECQ/GCQ Areas (inclusive of the survey dates covering May 1-15, 2020).

Religious gathering during GCQ

UP to the present time, all religious activities (e.g. Sunday Masses in the Catholic Churches) will still be prohibited in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) in order to prevent further transmission of COVID-19. This comes despite appeals from religious groups like the Council of the Laity of the Philippines (LAIKO) that expressed its appeal after the Inter-Agency Task Force withdrew its earlier decision to allow religious gathering in GCQ areas.

Social distancing not social isolation

INSTINCTIVELY, we are hard-wired to physically distance ourselves from others who could infect us. We likewise have an all-inclusive set of evolved responses, called “parasite avoidance,” to prevent us from maintaining contact with others who may transmit contagious diseases; and during this COVID19 Health Crisis our “social distancing” practices have even roused these “distancing” predispositions we have.

COVID-19 and the “New Normal”

THOUGH in a 2009 study by Phillippa Lally and her team at the University College of London, which stipulates that it will take 66 days (not 21 days) to establish new automatic behaviors; our 45-day Enhanced Community Quarantine will definitely bring to light a “New Normal” in our social and personal manners and activities.

“Concerned for others” characterize peoples under ECQ

IN A SURVEY initiated by Radio Veritas that uses a stratified sample of 1,200 respondents from Luzon for a +/- 3% margin of error (gathered through a text-based and online data gathering process) the following information is indicative of the “emotional disposition” of respondents currently undergoing home isolation under the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) inclusive of the dates covering March 15 to April 15, 2020.

Caritas Manila distributes 1-billion GCs For the poor

CARITAS MANILA (a church-based non-profit organization that serves as the lead social service and development ministry of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Manila) through its “spiritual frontliners” of priests, nuns and lay volunteers in various parishes in mega-manila have distributed a total of P1,367,495,000 worth of Gift Certificates covering 5,445,255 urban poor families (or over 7.6 million individuals) currently affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the entire Luzon.