One unexpected consequence of this pandemic, with countries around the world seeing reduce air and ground traffic, factory closures etc., is satellite images show reduced air pollution!
Another, though today we are back in winter snow and cold, yesterday was spring like and in the evening noticed many families, parents and children, couples strolling as well, chatting and being aware of each other - it was also impressive that charitable distancing was being observed - whereas before this new normal when I saw people walking together, even with small children, everyone was on their cell phones, hardly being present to each other.
Last evening not a cell phone in sight!
Took me back to my childhood when a post supper evening stroll was, for people, quite ordinary.
Perhaps we are beginning to rediscover the joy of being human, being family, being neighbours, in a word, being present to each other in the immediate.
“If there is anywhere on earth a lover of God who is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again we are always kept in that same precious love.” ~ St. Julian of Norwich
© 2020 Fr. Arthur Joseph