A New Dawn: Corona Challenge


I gaze half-dazed out of sleepy eyes wondering
When will the new dawn break?
The sky shimmers with morning freshness
While I search for the dawning –
Restlessly, fearfully, resolutely, wholeheartedly –
How could I have missed it? Again?

A new year begins with renewed vigour from Covid-19 and added restrictions.
There is fresh optimism too with the early emergence of vaccines.
Dedicated scientists are tirelessly creating glimmers of relief for all,
as a tentative sense of emerging light at the end of this long tunnel dawns.
‘Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us
what we need to know’(Pema Chodron)

Deep within Earth’s sacred cradle of wisdom I sense rumblings:
We-humanity- may eventually control the virus and with vaccines overcome it
What if only then – and too late –
We realise that we have silenced the messenger
But missed the message?

Earth, our Common Home, is undoubtedly trying to communicate with us
but our collective amnesia is alive and well.
Covid-19 may be gone this year or next but there will undoubtedly be others.

We don’t have to look far with the twin viruses of climate emergency and
biodiversity depletion breathing too close for comfort. We ARE in crisis!

Science, which is guiding us through this darkness, tells us that our planet is a
living organism, a sentient being, with4.5 billion years of evolutionary
experience.Among others, our young people, have intuited this as they caution
us in our global climate emergency – there is no Planet B.There is no time for
delay:unwavering political will and concerted action by all of us is more urgent
than ever before. We need to wake up to this fact and listen to Earth before
we destroy our common home and all therein.There is NO vaccine for this
The corona virus is surely challenging our provocative intrusion into the
habitats of others in the community of creation for monetary gain and will
continue to do so until we change our ways. The challenge is to collectively
wake up to the mystery that we are part of the awesome community of life,
interdependent and kin with all. There is room for all, our early ancestors
respected this as do indigenous peoples and a growing nucleus of others

In this epiphany moment let us pause and reflect:

What if we were to dream of a hitherto unattained planetary awakening and
feel that visceral excitement that it is possible?
What if we were to acknowledge our vulnerability and need for companionship
within the community of all creation?

What if we collectively were to put our hands up and admit that we have

strayed from our kin-consciousness and commit to living more sustainably
within the earth economy of abundant but finite resources to be shared with
What if we could cherish the mysterious gift of togetherness creating that
resilience needed to courageously weave enduring tapestries of healing, hope,
equality, justice, love, peace and wellbeing for all in our Common Home?
What if a profound acknowledgement of our innate goodness and fresh sense
of the oneness of all life were to shape our futurepost-Covid;thereby
respecting inclusion for alland that basic right to be and to flourish in the
community of creation?
What if we fail to learn emerging lessons?
Will wepersist in gazing half-dazed
Out of sleepy eyes wondering,
When willthe new dawn break?
The sky shimmers with morning freshness
While we search for the dawning-
Restlessly, fearfully, resolutely, wholeheartedly-

 – Nellie Mc Laughlin, January 2021

One thought on “A New Dawn: Corona Challenge

  1. Sister Joan O Shanahan .o.p.

    We visited An Gairdin yesterday from Galway
    Would like to contact Nellie Mc Louhglin please
    Marvellous project

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