Slowing down in the pandemic

April 2, 2020

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The coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a halt. In response, many of us have been forced to slow down and live more simply.

Amidst the suffering in our changing world, we have come together and shown that God’s love is everywhere.

Families have reconnected. In some regions, scientists report a reduction in pollution and improvement in air quality. We’ve helped our brothers and sisters in new and inspiring ways.

Read: Global Catholic Climate Movement statement on the coronavirus pandemic

Across the globe, from Argentina to Spain to India, people are uniting to applaud healthcare workers for serving others. In the United Kingdom, hundreds of thousands of people stepped up to volunteer with the country’s National Health Service.

All around the world, previously retired medical professionals are returning to work to care for people in need.

These acts of compassion show once more that in difficult times, we slow down, we come together. Pope Francis calls us to live more simply at all times: “We do need to slow down and look at reality in a different way.” (Laudato Si’ 114)

We pray for those who have used this time of disruption as a chance to slow down and take stock of everything we do have. We also pray that we all will find peace in our new ways of life and that together, we’ll continue to let our lives be guided by the Holy Spirit.