September 9, 2020
By the Prophetic Voice Commission, Sisters of Mercy of CCASA (Caribbean, Central, South America)*
We would like to share with you some reflections regarding these unforeseen, difficult and painful times we are living, but, above all, we want to leave with you a hopeful reflection that will allow us to see the opportunities we have so as to build a world in accordance with God’s heart. In these uncertain times, we count on the certainty of love as life force.
The pandemic is presented as a health crisis, but it is more than that. The pandemic has laid bare the economic, social and existential crisis that neo-liberal, patriarchal, militaristic and racist systems have brought to the majority of the Earth and to Latin America’s citizens. It is related to the realities of the neo-liberal system, to cuts in public services (health, pension, education)—that is to say, the “flexibilization” of economic, social and cultural rights and their passing into private hands. Countries’ greatest investments are focused around the strengthening of military forces and the purchase of weapons of war. On the other hand, they speak of development that privileges extractivist looting and strengthens the financial system and large corporations at the expense of labor, rural areas and indigenous communities whose territories are expropriated.
The coronavirus has shaken the foundations of this system. Emotions overwhelm us; fear of death surfaces, and uncertainty appears in the midst of a quarantine that obliges us to come to a stop. Come to a stop, allow the time in which life can find the opportunity of regenerating itself. Come to a stop, allow stillness, be at home, recapture the internal time that will enable us to reflect, be quiet, feel, think, pray, meditate, read, plant, cook, sing, dance, exercise, make handicrafts and communicate with the help of technology. It is an opportunity to rediscover our interrelations and revise our lifestyles so as not to return to normal.Read More