We are passing through very difficult times, such as none in our present age has experienced. The uncertainty around the Covid 19, how it will affect us and how long will this situation remain, is still frightening. But the authorities and the Medical professionals are doing their best and we must remain grateful to them. On the other hand we must do all that we must and can to remain safe. Avoid contact, act immediately if suffering from the indicated symptoms and wash our hands and wear a mast when we must.
Our life is being disrupted, but this is a time to understand our responsibilities. If an elder person is sick at home, how will the younger people help so that life can carry on, and the same thing when young people are affected.
There is also the other responsibility that we have as students and parents, so that we focus even more vigorously on our studies. If on regular basis we worked only 4 hours a day, now it is time to work for 6 hours, because the situation demands that we double our efforts, because otherwise thorough our lack of effort we will be indirectly contributing to the damage that the virus is causing and will continue to cause.
Teachers have been working to make sure that lessons are available to you, through the Lecture Capturing System so that each day you follow a time table that the school will send to you. Make sure you follow it, even more serious than when you come to school. You can also give your feedback how you are studying and how the lessons are helping you. Remember this is your test to prove to yourself that you are capable of self-study and be a winner.
I also request the parents to spend quality time with your family specially in ensuring that the students learn in a good environment. Be aware that the crisis we are in is also a test of our resilience, our trust in each other, and no less on our faith in a God who loves us even if we do not understand what happens to us.
Keep safe and smiling
FR. JOSE ALARICO CARVALHO