Dear Brothers and Sisters, We find ourselves in a very difficult moment. We are once again (and I can’t believe I have to use that phrase “once again”) coming face to face with the sin of racism and social injustice. It is an affront to human dignity and an offense to the inherent goodness of each person as they are made in the image and likeness of God. While many of the protests are peaceful, some individuals are choosing to respond with even more violence. It leaves us, rightfully so, unsettled, afraid, broken-hearted and angry.
Like many of you, I have been in a swirl of emotions, and I am left questioning “What can I do?” to denounce this evil scourge that persists in our society. It can feel very overwhelming, and those feelings are exasperated because we are not able to be physically present with each other for support and encouragement.
I’d like to offer a few resources (they can be accessed here) that I have found helpful in processing my own feelings of the past several days. I offer them to you in the hope that they might be helpful, especially in those moments when it all seems so overwhelming. I readily admit that these are mostly self-focused, but as Blessed Chaminade reminds us, “The essential is the interior.” Real change can begin with softening our own hearts and working toward our own conversion. Then, emboldened with the Holy Spirit, we can go out into the world. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.” May the peace of the Risen Lord be with all of us. Let us join together to pray for peace in our world, in our nation, in our community and in our hearts.
Pray with a re-play of the Holy Hour for Conversion and Peace led by Archbishop Schnurr from the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains https://youtu.be/z9Fvlu8heL At around 24:20, there is a beautiful examination of conscience led by Deacon Royce Winters