THE END OF THE BEGINNING OR THE BEGINNING OF THE END?

Fr Jim Cogley


All things, no matter how good or bad, eventually come to an end. Today we have reached the end of a catalysmic year in global history. The Corona virus has brought us to the limits of our own abilities and revealed the hollowness that lies at the very heart of materialism. It has reminded us that the perception we had built of modern society, that more wealth, longer life, better health, bigger homes, unlimited worldwide travel does not deliver the happiness that it promises – that it is a house built on sand. The effects of the pandemic we are living through has shown us, in no uncertain terms, that the ground beneath our feet can so easiy be washed away. It has also revealed to many the need to dig deeper to find security at a deeper level. When so many non-essentials were stripped away it challenged us to revover the essentials that we were being neglected for so long. While for most non-essential workers it was a time of enforced contemplation we may yet look back on it as a time of homecoming, in that deepest possible sense of coming back home to ourselves.

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