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Is Corona Virus the Biggest Threat to Your Health? Get the Spiritual Perspective

You can’t escape the coronavirus news. Can you escape the virus itself? From the spiritual perspective, is this a big threat? Get my take on it in this week’s edition of “Isn’t That Ironic?”.

The whole world is being thrown into a panic over this year’s virus—the “covid-19” or coronavirus. I’m not a medical person and I’m glad the medical professionals are taking this virus seriously and doing whatever seems prudent to contain it and deal with it. To my untrained eye, it seems unlikely this virus will infect more than a tiny fraction of the world’s people. But perhaps it’s a good opportunity to take a step back and look at a wider issue.

Certainly, germs and viruses have the potential to make us sick and even kill us by entering our body and disrupting essential body functions. It’s a good idea to take reasonable precautions like washing our hands, etc. But how often do we think to be careful about what enters our minds? Or our spirits? It's a bit ironic that we panic over our physical health but often completely forget about our mental and spiritual health.

We are bombarded daily by thousands of images, ideas, advertisements, lies, you-name-it. Most of it has little or no value to us and much of it is destructive to us. Just as it is prudent to be careful about what we allow into our bodies, we also have to be careful guardians of what we allow into our minds. Ideas, attitudes, worldviews, and information can easily disrupt essential mental and spiritual functions and have a HUGE effect on our lives. Everyone is affected by this problem—billions of us, not just thousands of us.

The infection of our minds also happens every day of our lives, not just for a few months like most of the recent viral “epidemics”. What enters our minds changes our thinking and, therefore, changes our lives. As the twig is bent, so grows the tree. In the modern world—filled with constant bad news and 24-7 uninformed opinions on social media and television—we absolutely have to stand guard over what we allow into our consciousness.

What we focus our minds on grows, so focus on the good, the pure, the true. I know how hard that is—but it may be our most important daily task. For the health of our minds and spirits, let’s remember the advice of St. Paul (Phil 4:8-9)

“Let your minds be filled with everything that is true, everything that is honorable, everything that is upright and pure, everything that we love and admire—with everything that is praiseworthy.”

Good advice to live by to protect our mental and spiritual health.

God Bless You!

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