Monday, August 16, 2021
Though . . .
The Taliban have seized Afghanistan
In Haiti, an estimated 1,300 people have been killed in a magnitude 7.2 earthquake
Only about 50% of Americans are fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus, Delta variant
Deaths from COVID are more than 600 per day
The Dixie Wildfire ravages Northern California and Utah,
There is still music, poetry, dance, theatre, education . . .
So, for my grandson Andrew, who, beginning his sophomore year at college, has chosen to follow his heart and change his major to music, I pray with St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) that Andrew will be an instrument for peace, sowing love where there is hatred, faith where there is doubt, light against darkness, hope where there is despair, joy to counter sadness. It’s a lot to ask. I know Andrew can handle it, his music calling each of us out of our burrows of grief.
Source For Statistics:
The New York Times on-line for Monday, August 16, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com