Like many of you, Legatus has not been immune to the challenges that faced us in the Coronavirus outbreak. As an organization, our staff collectively visits 40+ chapters each month, and this was brought to a screeching halt in mid-March. On March 14, I directed our staff to be grounded and manage their areas of operation from their home offices. I likewise limited our headquarters staff to a minimal level and asked most to work from home. What was our staff response to these circumstances? We have to do more for our members during this time.
On March 16 we hosted a webinar with Dr. Tim Flanigan of the Boston Chapter, an infectious disease doctor and expert, who gave 150+ participating Legatus members an insider understanding of the situation. He allowed questions from everyone. Over the next several weeks, we will hear from Legatus members sharing how they are handling the situation from a business perspective, and a spiritual one.
Our staff initiated a Divine Mercy Chaplet nationwide, with Legatus families gathering around their computers praying for an end to this pandemic. I received many emails thanking us for these opportunities for uniting as Legatus members.
A daily rosary has been led by Legatus staff and members to bring together our community in prayer, remembering our collective commission as Legatus members, as Catholics: to get to heaven and take as many souls with us as possible.
These times of prayer, shared by so many Legates, seem all the more important as dioceses across the country shut down public Masses, times of adoration, and other group gatherings. We have still been able to come together as the Universal Church and find Christ’s presence in one another. Lent presented a new facet of suffering for all of us.
During this Lenten fast, I have been reminded of the time the Apostles isolated themselves after the Crucifixion of Jesus, waiting for a sign. They lived in fear of their own deaths for having known the Lord, but they were in an uncertain position, unsure of what next step to take. I am especially struck by the leadership of Peter during this time. Jesus knew that Peter was the right man for the job. In fact, Peter had his own fishing company on the Sea of Galilee. This is why Peter is the patron of Legatus. Peter knew they had to take each next right step and that God would provide.
Perhaps this is part of God’s plan: for us to retreat from the constant movement and distractions of our lives, and to just be. It draws us to focus and rely on Him and to remember what is really important in our lives.
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STEPHEN M. HENLEY is Legatus’ executive director.