I hope you are coping during this time of COVID 19 and lockdown. I pray that these resources may give you joy, solace, and inspiration in this “kairos” moment.
The word ‘crisis’ derives from the Greek ‘krisis’, but the biblical Greek has richer meanings than its English derivation. It refers to a time of judgment and decision-making, a time of separation and discrimination when we must choose between life and death, good and bad. We might associate it with the biblical concept of ‘kairos’, referring to a time out of time that constitutes a rare moment of opportunity and the potential for transformation. This time of ‘krises’ is a kairos moment. It may never be repeated. In all the dark mystery of suffering and death, coronavirus might yet prove to be the wakeup call that saved the planet. ‘See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.’ (Deut. 30:15). This may be our very last opportunity to choose life and prosperity for future generations. I hope and pray that we choose well.
from “On Praying in a Pandemic”
Tina Beattie (Professor of Catholic Studies, University of Roehampton, London