Saint Agatha is the patron saint of nurses.
There was a report in the Expositor last week: “Hospital visitors seen as 'essential”. According to the current hospital policy “Each patient can designate two people as essential visitors, who must make appointments to go to the hospital. In some cases, such as when a patient is in palliative care or a religious ceremony is planned, exceptions are made.”
No one wants to be in the hospital, and when in there, to be alone. However, the report claims that the rules are often bent, and visitors don’t care much about them, staying too long, taking down face coverings, having meals etc. The roommates get anxious and the assisting staff members are afraid of being exposed to a greater risk. Their work, their ministry is already demanding as they see situations they had have never expected to see. Bishop Crosby in his recent Pastoral Letter highlighted the need of being more sacrificial in this time. There are things we have a right for, we can demand them, but we can also renounce them out of respect and care for others.
May St. Agatha be with all those nurses who serve us in these difficult times.