[Today’s reflection is from from Richard Hendrick, an Irish Capuchin. I hope all Another Voice readers are doing ok in these difficult days. – Jack on March 27, 2020 (77th birthday) in quarantine with wife Joske; but the sun is shining and we are moving toward a new spring.]

Lockdown

Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.

But, they say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise you can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet the sky is no longer thick with fumes but blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi, people are singing to each other across the empty squares, keeping their windows open so that those who are alone may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know

Is busy spreading fliers with her number through the neighborhood so that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting.

All over the world people are looking at their neighbors in a new way.

All over the world people are waking up to a new reality…

To how big we really are.

To how little control we really have.

To what really matters.

To Love.

So we pray and we remember that,

Yes there is fear.

But there does not have to be hate.

Yes there is isolation.

But there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes there is panic buying.

But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness.

But there does not have to be disease of the soul.

Yes there is even death.

But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic

The birds are singing again

The sky is clearing,

Spring is coming,

And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul

And though you may not be able

To touch across the empty square,

Sing.

9 thoughts on “Reflection for the Fifth Weekend in Lent: Christian Faith and Hope in Corona Times

  1. Dear Jack,
    You act MUCH younger than your years!! (I’m rapidly gaining on you!)

    Here is another perspective that a friend posted that offers some hope, too.

    History will remember when the world stopped
    And the flights stayed on the ground.
    And the cars parked in the street.
    And the trains didn’t run.

    History will remember when the schools closed
    And the children stayed indoors
    And the medical staff walked towards the fire
    And they didn’t run.

    History will remember when the people sang
    On their balconies, in isolation
    But so very much together
    In courage and song.

    History will remember when the people fought
    For their old and their weak
    Protected the vulnerable
    By doing nothing at all.

    History will remember when the virus left
    And the houses opened
    And the people came out
    And hugged and kissed
    And started again

    Kinder than before.

    Peace,
    Frank

  2. Happy Birthday, Jack — Stay quarantined and carry on! Thanks also to Frank for an inspiring contribution. Rudy.

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