The following reflection from contributor Father Tim McCauley offers one perspective on our current times of controversy. I know many of our readers have reservations about the proposed vaccine, and I share a number of those. We’re each going to have to make up our own minds and consciences about all of tha – see my upcoming article in Catholic World Report. As befits a magazine in the truly ‘Catholic’ tradition, we should be open to differing points of view – within certain limits. As the saying goes, in necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas. In necessary things, unity, in doubtful things, liberty, and in all things, charity. So peruse Father’s thoughts about the financial impact of our response to Covid, and feel free to let us know your own thoughts. (Editor)
‘Ça va bien aller’ has become a popular slogan in Quebec to encourage people in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. It is always accompanied by a picture of a rainbow, which from a natural perspective we often associate with peace after a storm. It has gained some popularity in English Canada as well, with various translations such as ‘We will be OK.’ During these last months of doubt, fear, and uncertainty, a simple catchphrase like this can have a positive effect. Yet what is the basis of this slogan? Is it a statement of logic, an expression of natural optimism, faith in God, or a combination of these?
One could say with a reasonable amount of certainty that the coronavirus will not last forever. In our world’s history of epidemics, many of them were devastating, such as the black plague in the Middle Ages and the Spanish flu in the early 20th century, but they all ran their course and came to an end. The same should be true with Covid-19. Furthermore, there is hope that with the new vaccine being distributed, people will be immunized from the virus. Accordingly, when all is said and done, we should all be able to say with confidence, ‘Ça va bien aller or ‘We will be OK.’