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Faith, Hope and Love in the Time of Corona
We live in a historical moment when an infinitesimally minuscule viral agent makes us confront ourselves and ask: “Who am I?” We are suddenly led to rethink our priorities. I am now led to ask myself: “What is more important for me?”
Faith, hope and love provide us an optic that enable us to confront ourselves and our priorities in a more meaningful manner.
This weekly dispatch presents you three readings every Sunday that inspire you to live these times through the optics of faith, hope and love. It borrows its inspiration from the first letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians (1 Cor 13:13), written in about 55 AD.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
The newsletter will contain three readings shaped around the optics of faith, hope and love.
presents a text that reflects on our spiritual moorings. While these readings would primarily be drawn from a Christian tradition, they would occasionally also incorporate diverse faith traditions that inform our humanity.
brings social analysis mainly from the fields of humanities and social sciences. An analysis of our situation is imperative to our hope for change.
presents a human-interest story that demonstrates ways in which people live out their commitment to love in the midst of a crisis. We believe that love is the triumph of our humanity.
A postscript offers a comment on the readings.
The Jesuit approach to faith is also accompanied by reason, here presented through the optic of hope. The dialectic of faith and reason are at the core of Jesuit engagement with the world. Moreover, I find this dialectic of faith and reason so vital in making sense of the world we live in. At a time when our anxieties and fears are fed by an irrational drive for information — sometimes even fake — how do we stay grounded? Amidst our anxieties, how do we find meaning in our lives and in this moment?
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Rinald D’Souza SJ
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