The New Strain

“What do you think about this new strain of COVID in the UK?” people ask.

I think that if you ask, you have learned nothing.

The lesson will proceed.

10 thoughts on “The New Strain”

  1. What I would like to know is why the biggest lockdowns/panic in the western world occurred right around the time of the Lent/Easter and now Christmas. Coincidence? I think not.

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      1. My theory is hatred for Christianity. Also, in the past the Churches were instrumental in passing the anti-establishment message onto people. Whether during the socialism or now. I truly believe that Trump would not have been elected in 2016 without the church-going Catholics and Protestants. This past year effectively silenced this information flow and for reasons that are unfathomable to me Catholic Church is strangely silent and compliant for the most part. I have expected more.

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        1. IMO there’s also an element of… the people gathering and worshiping on the high holy feasts has real, beyond-the-material-world power to manifest the grace of God in the world. If you want to be gauche, call it magic. Deep in their shrivelled little hearts, our materialist overlords know this, and they recoil in horror at the idea. They find it threatening.

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          1. Absolutely! I remember our Pascha procession, the only one I ever had in my life, in spring of 2019. What an experience! We walked around the church singing, it was truly magical. Maybe I’m primitive but I don’t feel it the same way without physically being there.

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          2. I agree. Where I live, we have been fortunate to be able to attend the services on a regular basis since about June. There was a concern on the beginning whether the number of people will allow for social distancing, but I estimate that only about 30% of the people have returned, so there are no issues. There was a lottery to attend a Christmas mass and everyone was accommodated. Sadly, there are many people who only attend church twice a year (Easter and Christmas) and who will for sure not be coming this time and who knows if they will be ever coming back. Spiritual devastation is another consequence of the Corona crisis that is perhaps the least visible of all but with profound consequences.

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    1. Perhaps it is because Christians tend to kiss everything/everyone in sight at church, which isn’t the best thing to do during a pandemic 🙂

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