– dead or alive – are not a primary means of transmission.
How can Catholics help in the fight against this killer disease? Dr. Tim reminded me that financial assistance is wonderful, and prayers are greatly needed. In particular, he mentioned the great work being done by Catholic Relief Services, and the care provided by the Brothers of St. John of God at the forefront of the epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
While Mother Teresa was an early inspiration to the American doctor, he drew also on the writings of Christian apologist C.S. Lewis. With his internet temporarily down, Dr. Tim paraphrased Lewis’ words: “My Catholic Christian faith is not only the light that gives hope in the midst of despair (which is apt in the midst of this terrible epidemic), but our faith illuminates and changes how we see our own lives and the world around us, in much the same way that the sunrise at dawn changes how we see the world in front of us.”
“I’ve been very blessed,” Dr. Tim continues, “to be in a profession I love (an infectious disease doctor), to have a spouse and family that are much better than I deserve, and to be ordained a permanent deacon which has pushed me closer to our Lord.”
Kathy Schifferis a freelance writer and speaker, and her blog Seasons of Grace can be found on the Catholic Portal at Patheos. Images courtesy of Dr Timothy Flannigan http://www.timothypflaniganmd.com/