The Jesuits of the U.S. Central and Southern Province denounce the sin of racism. We are grateful to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for their leadership in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend, and share their statement with our visitors:
"We stand against the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism. We stand with our sisters and brothers united in the sacrifice of Jesus, by which love's victory over every form of evil is assured. At Mass, let us offer a special prayer of gratitude for the brave souls who sought to protect us from the violent ideology displayed (Saturday). Let us especially remember those who lost their lives. Let us join their witness and stand against every form of oppression."
We invite you to explore additional statements and resources to work toward the end to systemic racism in our country:
Oh God, with anguish
We pray that we may find ways
To move forward towards the light.
Not back into the the shadows
Of hatred, violence,
And the silence that protects it.
We pray for the wisdom
To know how to move ahead.
We recognize that evil
Can overtake a nation,
As history reveals;
We recognize too that
Reconciliation is possible,
That peace can flourish
Where once hate and violence reigned.
We pray that all citizens of good will
Speak out again and again
So the sound of Your justice
Drowns out the cries of hatred,
The deafening silence that protects it.
May we as a nation form a circle,
Inclusive, with no top or bottom,
Where we can welcome everyone
With outstretched hands.
May our circle grow ever larger,
More hands open, holding another’s palm,
Realizing we are holding on to the hope
Pope Francis calls us to
If we can see we are all connected. Amen.
By: Jane Deren, Ph.D.
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