Crisis reveals the character of a person and of a nation. The sacrifices we are willing to make for the common good or not willing to make show who we are. The understanding and compassion we show or cannot show measure our humanity. The decisions we make indicate our values. The priorities we set are a measure of our selfishness. We are in awe of those who risk their own safety each day for the needs of others. We are angered by those who choose to ignore rules meant to control infection. We are appalled by those who weigh the value of lives against the health of the economy. The current crisis is painting a clear picture of America from its leadership to its individual citizens.
May I act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God.
Analyze the present situation as objectively as you can. Look into yourself. What
Is being asked of you?
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
I renew my closeness to all who are sick and to those who care for them, to the many workers and volunteers that help the persons who cannot leave their homes, as well as to all those who reach out to the very poor and the homeless. For the effort that each of you make to help people in this hard moment, may God bless you and Our Lady protect you.
Nothing great is ever achieved without enduring much.
St. Catherine of Siena
We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.
The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.
When faced with a radical crisis, when the old way of being in the world, of interacting with each other and with the realm of nature doesn’t work anymore, when survival is threatened by seemingly insurmountable problems, an individual life-form — or a species — will either die or become extinct or rise above the limitations of its condition through an evolutionary leap.
Every test successfully met is rewarded by some growth in intuitive knowledge, strengthening of character, or initiation into a higher consciousness.
In every crisis, doubt or confusion, take the higher path – the path of compassion, courage, understanding and love.
In times of crisis, we must all decide again and again whom we love.
Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to our eyes. Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or weak; and at last some crisis shows what we have become.
Brooke Foss Westcott
In a time of domestic crisis, men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics.
John F. Kennedy