March 23

Reflection

Crisis reveals the character of a person and of a nation. The sacrifices we are willing to make for the good of all 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 character. 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 insure our common wellbeing. We are appalled by those who weigh the value of lives against the health of the economy. The current pandemic is painting a clear picture of who we are.

Prayer

May I act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God.

Action

Analyze the present situation as objectively as you can. Look into yourself. What
Is being asked of you?

Suggested Reading

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
Proverbs 3:27 

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.
JK Rowling

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.
JRR Tolkien

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.
Eckhart Tolle 

Every test successfully met is rewarded by some growth in intuitive knowledge, strengthening of character, or initiation into a higher consciousness.
Paul Brunton

In every crisis, doubt or confusion, take the higher path – the path of compassion, courage, understanding and love.
Amit Ray

In times of crisis, we must all decide again and again whom we love.
Frank O’Hara


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

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