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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a heightened sense of the sanctity of life inspires a flood of art

by | Apr 8, 2020

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life federation

Along with the outpouring of grief and pain surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, there is also a flood of art inspired by a heightened sense of the sanctity of life.

One poet named Terry McDermott shared with me a healthy serving of eloquence, which seems to echo the greater appreciation for the gift of life that has arisen as a result of the anxiety over the Coronavirus crisis. In a poem entitled “Pennsylvania Tears,” McDermott wrote:

“Indifference is the evil that we see,
We can never, ever let it be.
A firestorm in our heart,
America needs a brand new start.”

McDermott also offers a call to action:

“We stand for life, never relent.”

At times of searing emotional pain…such as what many are experiencing with the current pandemic…the words can flow as freely as the tears. Perhaps it will be the poets and other artists who will help lead us through current oceans of uncertainty toward a brighter, more life-affirming tomorrow. 

Their ability to produce works of art in the most trying of circumstances speaks to the ability of the human spirit to triumph over adversity. Against the backdrop of sobering statistics about the death toll from COVID-19, these artists use their creativity to console us, to challenge us, and remind us of our forefathers’ dedication to the principles of life and liberty. 

Not even a deadly virus can silence these artists as they venerate the treasure beyond all price—life itself.     

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