By Robert Mickens

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the world, the disease is dominating everything – even Church affairs.

And, yet, it's said that laughter is the best medicine.

And we'll certainly all go crazy if we don't try to keep at least some sense of humour in the midst of all this.

So allow me to pass on some advise (that someone sent me) from a few illustrious saints and even a couple of notorious sinners.

-- "Stay calm and don't lose your head." – St. John the Baptist

-- "This is not the Apocalypse." – St. John the Evangelist

-- "Wash your hands often." – Pontius Pilate

-- "Avoid greeting people with a hug and kiss." – Judas

-- "Don't touch your eyes, nose, mouth or any open wounds." – St. Thomas the Apostle

-- "Pets and other animals cannot spread this disease." – St. Francis of Assisi

-- And, finally, "Avoid going to China." – Matteo Ricci

Oh, and don't forget: if someone from China tries to forcefully shake your hand, call Pope Francis!