I saw something sad this Sunday at Mass, where I was serving as a deacon. Father announced that diocesan guidelines now made it mandatory to receive Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue. There are a small number of people in our parish who opt to receive on the tongue, which is their right. I noticed a couple in this category in the congregation and was wondering if there would be a confrontation at the time of Holy Communion, which would be unpleasant. But what happened was, in my opinion, far worse. They elected not to receive at all. Social distancing is a nice sounding euphemism, but in the end, it will have far more tragic results socially, economically, and spiritually than the disease it is being employed to combat.