European Robin singing out loud.

The image is from https://ellenlandreth.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/.

 Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Franciscan living in Ireland, has penned a touching poem about coronavirus.

Lockdown – A Poem by Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM (March 13th, 2020)

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
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.
Silhouette of helping hand between two climber

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 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,

The note from my I-ching teacher-

After the vernal equinox (March 20, 2020), there was a light that appeared at the end of the tunnel. Wuhan, the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic, announced that it had controlled the epidemic and had no new confirmed cases!  One by one, the factories opened and people returned to work. With their example, other countries will also gradually overcome the ravages of disease. Slowly but surely, we will resume the life we had before. By losing our freedom in dealing with the virus, people suddenly realize how precious our “ordinary” lives were. We now have a better understanding, a different perspective on what we had, and now we can cherish our “ordinary” lives instead of taking it for granted.

Today, March 24 at 6:00 pm on the first day of the lunar calendar, the sun will start to descend, and the moon will appear at the same time. It is the best time to pray when both the moon and sun show up at the same time and same direction (Southwest).

Let us join at this time and pray together. 

First, let’s honor the earth where we have a place to live and be thankful for all the things it has given us. 

Second, let’s reflect and ask for the forgiveness of our shortcomings. 

Third, let’s pray for the epidemic to recede as soon as possible. We must promise that we will no longer violate the law of nature, and pray that we will be able to get through the upcoming economic hardships.

No matter where you are and how busy you are, please put down everything and join me at 6:00 pm facing Southwest direction to pray today.

May God bless us all and keep us all safe.










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