As I write this, humanity is in crisis around the world – a global pandemic which already strains the world’s economic and humanitarian systems. In the scope of days, our world has changed and our lives will likely not be the same for quite some time.
Pope Francis recently said in his meditation on calming the storm:
The storm exposes our vulnerability and uncovers those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules, our projects, our habits and priorities. It shows us how we have allowed to become dull and feeble the very things that nourish, sustain and strengthen our lives and our communities. The tempest lays bare all our prepackaged ideas and forgetfulness of what nourishes our people’s souls; all those attempts that anesthetize us with ways of thinking and acting that supposedly “save” us, but instead prove incapable of putting us in touch with our roots and keeping alive the memory of those who have gone before us. We deprive ourselves of the antibodies we need to confront adversity.
In this storm, the façade of those stereotypes with which we camouflaged our egos, always worrying about our image, has fallen away, uncovering once more that (blessed) common belonging, of which we cannot be deprived: our belonging as brothers and sisters.
read more here… He then ruins it for me by saying don’t worry, if you have enough faith the Lord will protect you. Religion promises that if you’re a good person good things will happen to you, and that if you have enough faith the Lord will save you from bad things, and I don’t see that life works that way. In a […]