On such a day, in this year of a global pandemic, we find ourselves grateful for the millions of
workers who keep us safe, the grocery stores stocked, the internet functioning and all those researchers
working in laboratories trying to discover a vaccine.
We also keep in our thoughts and prayers
the millions of workers who have recently become unemployed as a consequence of the global shutdown.
While we sometimes get the opportunity to do something practical for those around us affected by illness,
business collapse, or unemployment, it is often the case that it appears that there is not much that we
can do. In our Christian tradition (and others too) we have long held the notion that we can keep
people in our prayers, asking God to care for those who are experiencing hardship.
people in our thoughts and prayers is also an act of solidarity, where we consciously remember people
and their situations rather than allowing ourselves to forget their circumstances in our own busy lives.
Just as the celebration of International Worker's Day and the like has the power to bring people together,
this private act of keeping people in our thoughts and prayers can do the same.
Over many years,
I have found that trying to be more mindful of others in this way somehow prepares me to be a bit more
ready when the opportunity comes to do something more tangible. The power of the prayer/practice
is that it works on me, from the inside, out.
In our College setting, we see real value in
reminding the boys that we are all called to be men (and women) for others. Regardless of any specific
act that we may make, this motto reminds us that the world is a better place when we are in solidarity
with those around us. Wherever we look in the darkest times over the last two months, the stories
and experiences that have provided the greatest reassurance and hope are those of service and generosity
Just as we have all wondered about what aspects of our recent experience (such as
reduced pollution) might be good to keep after the restrictions ease, maybe this intense experience will
deepen our post-COVID-19 awareness of the importance of being in solidarity with others, even if that
can only be in our thoughts and prayers.
Best wishes for the week ahead.