Always Look for the Graces


(Kathryn Jean Lopez)

There’s a beautiful exhibit open through this coming Sunday, October 3, at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in lower Manhattan. It’s called Portraits of Grace: Honoring Heroes of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Honestly, though, it’s really giving thanks to God. The photos, curated by photographer Jeffrey Bruno, show His presence throughout the dark days of the coronavirus. In the midst of the suffering, there was light — doctors and nurses caring for patients in such grueling situations — priests and sisters being the arms and feet of God during the pandemic. Teachers making sure children could get back to some semblance of normal school. People worshipping God, knowing He has a plan when it doesn’t at all seem apparent what it is. I’ve walked through it a few times, and sat and meditated on some of the images. We’ve been through a strange time together — and it continues — and instead of getting mad we can help acknowledge the suffering but also the graces. More time with family, less time traveling. How many fathers have managed to eliminate an every-weekday commute? Mothers, too. Now is the time to reflect on how the coronavirus pandemic has made us stronger and more reflective and humble. If it hasn’t, consider it a choice to make.

If you are in the area, you will be inspired and challenged by spending some time at the exhibit, drinking in the graces. Information here.

Full disclosure: The National Review Institute is a co-sponsor of the exhibit. With thanks to the Sheen Center for hosting it and Sheen board member Amanda Bowman for spearheading it. Cardinal Dolan hosted a private opening for the exhibit earlier this month. For some of this thoughts on the pandemic and moving forward, check out this interview with him from earlier this year.

And there’s a work in progress associated website here.





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