Recently, I came across a prayer written in 2002 by a now deceased Canadian Jesuit missionary from Winnipeg who worked in Darjeeling, India. – Father Edgar Burns, SJ. As a retired history teacher who is “growing older”, I am fearful of many things from the covid-19 – the invisible enemy – the dark winter that looms over us with no assurance of a spring vaccine , to life in the “new normal”. The world needs the comfort and joy of the seasons of Advent and Christmas.
I have added my own words – “and fearful” to the title of the prayer because I think they truly reflect 2020 although Fr. Burns’ faith and humour might also have transcended my fears: