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Children, as Jesus said, Don't be afraid. Your family is probably founded on some kind of faith. Listen to your parents and other adults whom you trust, and know that nearly everyone is working hard to get us through this trouble.


In fifty years you will remember this crisis as one of the defining moments in your own lives, just as folks my age remember the Cuban missile crisis as one of the foundational moments of ours. It was October, 1962, and we lived with the knowledge that the U.S. and Soviet Union were on the brink of nuclear war. As with the crisis today, our minds and hearts were preoccupied with things more important than the next test or some sporting event or entertainment. I recall at my Catholic school, students were in a line for confession that ran down the stairs and out into the courtyard, something like the lines straining to get into grocery stores yesterday at 8 a.m. God forgave our sins, and we tried to have faith in His forgiveness, mercy and power.


But the politicians ended the crisis. Our generation's takeaways from the experience were at least two: a revulsion against socialism and communism, and an abhorrence of nuclear weapons. Those who were Christians also got a new appreciation for the importance of our clergy, and there was an explosion of interest in ministry. During the next weeks, you might reflect with your families on what enduring understandings your generation might glean from this pandemic that go beyond the materialistic. In other words, keep washing your hands but contemplate the transcendent in your life: beauty, goodness, justice, truth.

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