History and the present moment reveal that great crises, like the coronavirus pandemic, bring forth from the human community astonishing creativity. Scientists and doctors are working day and night to create a vaccine. Other creative breakthroughs are less obvious but no less important. Stirring the compost heap of memory has led many people to plant small gardens in their city yards to feed their families and other hungry people, as did the Victory Gardens during World War II. Then there are the companies making masks out of unused Minnesota Twins Homer Hankies, giving baseball-starved fans both protection and a smile. On a much bigger scale, practical people have proposed ways to feed long lines of hungry people with the milk being dumped into rivers and vegetables and fruit being plowed under. This plan could also keep many restaurants and their employees afloat. Human imagination comes alive when “We can’t” and “We have to” collide, creating a spark or a bonfire.
By Mara Faulkner, OSB