Maidan showed the best and the coronavirus - the worst in people, the Head of the UGCC explained these opposites

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 14:03
His Beatitude Sviatoslav answered this question in his interview with Ukrainska Pravda. He noted that we would ask ourselves this question again and again. “I had the impression that the first thing that led people (when they threw stones at the buses – Ed.) was fear. On the Maidan it was different, we were guided by feelings of injustice, it was a reaction to violence. We wanted to show that no one would beat us that way,” the Head of the UGCC explained.

And in the face of this new danger, people began to fear, it was another emotion that could really be very destructive, and it continues today.

“People are afraid of two things: getting sick and losing their jobs, having economic problems.  But I am convinced that not all emotions have been fully revealed yet.  Man is much more than his fear.  And we will soon see it, too,” concluded His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

 He assured that "there will be a period of great nobility of our people, and that first sense of fear will be replaced by a sense of care."

"I can already see how much our people, including Greek Catholics, are obedient.  People have realized that for the sake of love for my neighbor, I need to be at home, that today, social distance means showing respect.  New circumstances reveal those sublime traits of people which may have been hidden at other times,” added the Head of the UGCC.

 He noted that the first months of the war, when we heard about our dead, were sometimes called tragic, and at that time the Primate of the UGCC called them heroic, because tragedies give birth to heroes.

"We all remember how our then poorly equipped soldiers and volunteers have defended our country.  We suddenly all have become aware that protecting my country is everyone's business. I think we will see something like that and now we already see it,” said His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

 In conclusion, he asked everyone to ask himself the following questions: “Here in the war against the pandemic, where is my position, where do I have to be in this fight against the invisible enemy, the spread of this disease?  Whether I am sick or healthy, whether I am the father of the family, or the mother, a student, a priest or a doctor? ”


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