Open Our Catholic Churches in Chicago

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“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6, 51)

To the revered Hierarch of our Holy Catholic Church in Chicago,

It is with great anguish and humility that I write, imploring you to allow the faithful back into our sacred churches. I cannot image the immense burden and responsibility carried by the leaders of our church at this time; however, I beseech you to hear my plea.

Through 2000 years of persecutions and any epidemic in the history, the Catholic Church never closed her own doors and suspended the services, until now. In the light of the recent outbreak of COVID-19, extreme precautions have been taken worldwide to ensure the physical and emotional wellness of the people, yet we have abandoned our spiritual well-being. We have rightly kept our hospitals, pharmacies, and grocery stores open to nourish and care for our bodies, but we have neglected the health of our souls.

The Eucharist is the essence of our life. When we partake of the Eucharist, we receive our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Himself. It is impossible for these actions, done in faith, to be anything except beneficial for our souls and bodies, as the church is the greatest spiritual hospital, and Christ is the best healer. He encourages us: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt 11, 28); therefore, our faith is greater than our fear.  

In this difficult time, may God have mercy on us, and may He grant us the greatest privilege and blessing to attend the Holy Eucharist. As many catholic saints saw in the Eucharist and Holy Communion the safest and shortest way to heaven, and among all devotions Eucharist was the most important one, I humbly beg of you to, please, consider re-opening our churches for the nourishment, salvation and well-being of our souls and bodies.

With deep reverence and love in Christ,

The Faithful of the Catholic Church