Warsan Shire, a young British writer, poet, editor and teacher, was born to Somali parents in Kenya. She wrote: “…I held an atlas in my lap, ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered, Where does it hurt? It answered, Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere.” This is also an apt description of the effects of a pandemic. While our attention is caught by the numbers of cases and deaths in our own state and country, the effects around the world remain in our prayers. What must it be like in a developing country where there is no running water in homes and you are constantly in a crowd? How to maintain one’s family in a place that is primarily dependent on tourism and has a shattered economy? Many places are on the brink of famine because food supply chains—fragile at best— are now broken. Each day we can select a place in the world and ask God for their healing.
By Mary Jackle, OSB