“The plague of racism is insidious, entering into our minds as smoothly and quietly and invisibly as floating airborne microbes enter into our bodies to find lifelong purchase in our bloodstreams.” ~ Maya Angelou
Our Felician values call for the pursuit of justice and peace, respecting the dignity of all persons, and solidarity with the poor. We are called to act with compassion and support positive transformation. There is no room for prejudice in our mission.
The world is hurting. Our cities bleed from age old wounds, clumsily bandaged, and reopened by fresh injury. Pain is heaped upon pain, until the citizens cry out, “Stop! No more! We cannot endure it any longer.” As protests have swept across our nation, and throughout the world, many hearts have felt anger, sadness, and frustration.
“In these days of unrest, where do you find possibility?
In these days of fury, where do you find grace?
In these days of blame, where do you find mercy?”
~ Rev. Diane Smith
Here are some resources that can help you take steps to combat prejudice in your community:
Racism in Our Streets and Structures, a dialogue from the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, Georgetown University
For additional resources, visit Catalysts for Peace compiled by Felician Services, Inc.