Another of Heidi Burgess's George Mason University students, Alan Yarborough, responded to Shannon's post by sharing an op-ed, written by Steven Paulikas, an Episcopal priest, that was recently published in the New York Times. It is entitled "The World is Empty Now. How Should We Fill It? After talking about the spiritual meaning of "emptiness" in many different religions, Paulikas ends:
"The emptiness of this moment is incredibly powerful. Pope Francis has said, “Let us not lose our memory once all this is past, let us not file it away and go back to where we were.”
Life will not be the same next Easter and Passover. Once the world opens back up, we can choose to fill it with the wisdom and insight gained from these weeks — or allow it to be filled with horrors that are even worse than what we had before. The choice will be ours."