All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting

Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Franciscan living in Ireland, has written a touching poem about the Coronavirus pandemic.

A staff member at our Marcellin campus shared this beautiful reflection with me yesterday.

Lockdown by Brother Richard

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 neighbourhood
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, and the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours 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

Dr Paul Rijken is principal of Cardijn College, a Catholic secondary co-educational school (7-12) in the southern region of Adelaide with a total of 1120 students and 140 staff. Marcellin is a campus of Cardijn College. It provides students in Years 10 to 12 with SACE, training and apprenticeships. It has an enrolment of over 155 students and 30 staff. Paul has been the principal at Cardijn College since 2005. He has a Ph.D. from Curtin University in Science and Mathematics Education. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educational Leaders.

1 comment on “All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting

  1. Sue Sherman

    Thank you for sharing how true it is God Bless all people in the world

    Like

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