Editorial – June 2021

The entire world has been changed overnight by the invisible and life – threatening Covid – 19: The people were carefree but are now in the grip of a fear psychosis. Many families have been shattered even to the extent of losing more than one family member at a time. We are all worried about how to keep our family and ourselves safe and immune to the virus which has literally brought the whole world to its knees.

India dropped its guard at the vital moment allowing melas, elections and mass rallies. Mass gatherings went on unabated leading to community infections to such an extent that today India has the dubious distinction of topping the list of infected countries with maximum infections.

The scenario in our tiny, beloved Goa has turned from bad to worst. The positivity rate is the highest compared to the other States and Union Territories. With no available place in the hospitals, shortage of oxygen and medicines, vaccination process going hay wire, the overall situation looks grim and scary. So many deaths being reported every day, the picture gets more and more gloomier. In fact in our Parish itself, many parishioners are infected and some have lost the battle with the virus.

To add to the misery, a new type of infection, called mucormycosis or black fungus has raised its ugly head in India and has struck Goa as well. Many people have been infected and the number is rising.
In the midst of all this, cyclone ‘Tauktae’ also paid an unwelcome visit bringing a lot of destruction and hardships to Goa and Goans, along with the coastal states of Karnataka, Maharashtra & Gujarat.
In this gloomy situation, with so much of uncertainty, let us try to keep the cheer on. Don’t allow negativity to take its toll leaving you physically and emotionally drained. Do your bit by sharing posts, captions and news that is positive and constructive. Remember positivity is the need of the times and will help to fight the fear of illness, if not the illness itself.

Please follow the government SOPs, maintain standards of hygiene around us, maintain social distance and don’t forget the mask. Remember self-help is the best help. Stay safe, take care and may God bless and protect us all.
Until we meet again

 – Felix Dias