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Delighting in Nature with God

Ignatian Spirituality - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 05:30

Editor’s note: Throughout July, we’re celebrating 31 Days with St. Ignatius, a month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality. In addition to the calendar of Ignatian articles found here, posts on dotMagis this month will explore ways of Experiencing God in the Ordinary. The inspiration for our theme is the new book by William A. Barry, SJ. […]

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Solidarity Across Borders: Can You Help A Community In Need?

Latest from the Jesuit Post - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 01:00

We all have been affected in multiple ways by this COVID-19 pandemic. The reality of this hard situation has forced us to change our lives and daily routines. As I look at this situation from my community in Bogotá, Colombia, there are certain brothers and sisters who have been particularly affected and are extremely vulnerable: migrants from Venezuela.

Here in Colombia there is a large Venezuelan community that had to flee from their country seeking a better life for themselves and their families. The socioeconomic and political crisis that has ravaged the country for nearly a decade has forced millions to flee to Colombia and elsewhere. Venezuela has suffered from mismanagement of the country’s oil reserves, hyperinflation of the local currency, and an authoritarian government marked by rampant corruption and violent repression. People are unable to  access healthcare, food, and other basic services, leading to one of the greatest exoduses of people in this century. As many as five million people have fled Venezuela since 2014.

Those who have made it to Colombia have worked hard and struggled, renting small rooms with the meager amount of money they earn day-to-day, often begging for food or money from people of good will. Tragically, the COVID-19 pandemic has made their difficult lives even more challenging. With Colombia in partial quarantine based on risk areas, they cannot get enough income for their basic needs such as food, rent and medicine. 

But even amid this current crisis, there is something that hasn’t changed in our nature as humans, and that is the urge towards solidarity. We have seen many examples of this around the world. Jesuits in Colombia have begun a project inspired by our faith and the call to justice. We invite you to join us in this project.

Jesuits in Bogotá have been visiting migrants in their homes regularly for the last several years, accompanying them spiritually and psychologically, and helping provide for some of the basic needs of recently arrived migrants such as medicine and food. Some of these migrants are in transit, while others seek to help their families in Venezuela. The reality is that they cannot afford all their needs and cover their basic necessities. 

The COVID-19 situation has moved our Jesuit community to discern what else we can do for this vulnerable population. We believe that God is calling us to assist the migrants in a deeper and more consistent way. But we cannot do this alone – we need the help and solidarity of others as well. We are reaching out to people for donations to help improve the lives of these migrants in this immensely challenging time for them.

Beyond providing basic necessities such as rent, food and medicine, we want to empower the migrants to be protagonists in their struggle to improve their lives and to grow in resiliency. For this reason, our project seeks to offer a holistic and sustainable formation program that can assure income for themselves in the future. We have received the help and collaboration of Jesuit Refugee Service to assess the complex reality of this migrant population and determine a plan for effective and meaningful support. 

The areas where we are planning to help going forward include the following:

  • Providing basic necessities such as food, rent, and medicine.
  • Promoting income-generating projects that allow the migrants to become more independent.
  • Continuing to provide spiritual and psychological formation to help the migrants grow in resilience.

We are grateful to God that we have received some help so far, but we know this COVID-19 situation will affect our community for months to come. More than ever before, we are trying to respond to the call of the former global leader of the Jesuits, Pedro Arrupe, SJ, to “Be men and women for others.” 

We invite you to join us in this project. If you want to collaborate, contribute, or learn more, send us an email at arrupe2020@gmail.com.

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The Eyes of Christ

Ignatian Spirituality - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 05:30

Editor’s note: Throughout July, we’re celebrating 31 Days with St. Ignatius, a month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality. In addition to the calendar of Ignatian articles found here, posts on dotMagis this month will explore ways of Experiencing God in the Ordinary. The inspiration for our theme is the new book by William A. Barry, SJ. […]

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A Grace Too Powerful to Name: Forgiveness in Hamilton

Latest from the Jesuit Post - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 01:53

Just a few months after I professed vows as a Jesuit, I was sitting at dinner in the Bronx. It’s considered a minor infraction to look at your phone at table, but curiosity got the better of me when I felt a notification buzz. My hands shook as I read it, and I ran to another table to ask my housemate what he was doing tomorrow. Confused, he started telling me his plans before I interrupted him with “No, you’re not. We’re going to see Hamilton.” I’d won the daily ticket lottery, which not only made them available at all but reduced the price from around $800 to a mere $10 (“Hamilton for a Hamilton”), perfect for a freshly vowed man of poverty. 

My housemate ran upstairs and came back wearing a Hamilton t-shirt and an enormous smile; he was already a superfan. I, on the other hand, barely knew it at all. This was unusual — I’d grown up as a musical theater kid, and even studied theater as one of my undergrad majors, but missed out on Hamilton because it premiered just as I became a novice. Typically when I see a musical, especially a big notable production, I’ve already memorized the soundtrack and formed an image of it in my head. But apart from the demo of the opening number that Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alex Lacamoire performed at the White House Poetry Jam in 2009, I hadn’t heard one note of the music, didn’t know the story beyond my knowledge of the American Revolution, and had absolutely no idea what I was getting into. 

Hamilton is dense with homages and callbacks to both theater (Shakespeare, Wagner, The Pirates of Penzance, Les Misérables, etc.), and hip-hop (Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Mobb Deep, Notorious B.I.G., Beyoncé, and others), but I quickly realized that this was so much more than simple self-indulgence. Miranda is clearly as big a theater nerd as I am, but takes ownership of these ideas, blending them with hip-hop in a sophisticated musical feat. The show is somehow able to pull all this together and flow at a breakneck pace without sacrificing accessibility. It’s beautiful even if you don’t know that it’s referencing Ja Rule and South Pacific

That was my reaction to Act I, a very intellectual appreciation. This sort of brainy response is how I usually experience theater these days, even very good theater. It’s hard for me to switch off the part of my brain that analyzes performance, design, and writing. I’m almost never emotionally affected when I’m sitting in the audience. 

So I was completely unprepared for Act II. I knew the broad strokes of Hamilton’s public life, but what ultimately got me was the culmination of his personal mistakes and tragedies in “It’s Quiet Uptown.” Hamilton becomes estranged from his wife Eliza after a very public infidelity that also ended his political career. When their son is killed, Alexander and Eliza struggle to mourn their child while there is still such a gulf between them. 

Hamilton hits bottom, and lets go of his pride. He pleads with Eliza, reprising a song from earlier in the show, but now singing her melody and recognizing that he’s unworthy of her. She stands, expressionless and motionless, as Alexander finally meets a problem he can’t talk his way out of. His words can’t fix these things. Nothing can. If she would just let him stay, let him be with her, that would be enough. He commits to doing the work.

Eliza’s sister Angelica narrates the moment as the couple stands forlorn in their garden. It’s perhaps the quietest moment in a show that can approach frenetic. Without changing her empty exhausted expression, Eliza subtly takes Alexander’s hand as the chorus, in lovely harmony, simply intones the word “forgiveness.”

And that’s where I lost it. I watched the rest of the show through tears, an emotional wreck just floating wherever they wanted to take me. 

Forgiveness is a hard thing to feature in a work of art because if it’s real, it often seems irrational from the outside. Unjustified. There’s so much work to be done to get the audience to an emotional place where the need to be forgiven is so strong that reason disengages and they can experience the relief and peace alongside the character. Watching Hamilton break into tears as Eliza finally returns his line of “it’s quiet uptown” doesn’t make any sense. Forgiveness often doesn’t. It goes against every instinct we have. That’s what makes it so beautiful. 

Angelica says of that moment, “there’s a grace too powerful to name.” Eliza may not believe Alexander’s pleas, but in that moment, she knows that she still loves him. Her forgiveness comes from love, not restitution. Freely given forgiveness to the undeserving is the essence of grace, and whether you want to name it or not, it can still crack through the cynical theatergoer who thought he was so smart.

Hamilton is now streaming on Disney+. If you are interested in an educational breakdown of how brilliant the musical structures of the show are, Howard Ho’s “How Hamilton Works” series is well worth your time. 

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Getting Yoked with Jesus | One-Minute Homily

Latest from the Jesuit Post - Sun, 07/05/2020 - 02:00

Jesus tells us to take his yoke, but what exactly does that mean? Martin Ngo, SJ, reflects on what it means to be yoked with Jesus in this week’s One-Minute Homily. Based on the readings for Sunday, July 5, 2020.

Alright, who wants to get yoked with Jesus?

Hi, I’m Martin, and this is my One-Minute Reflection.

Spoiler, we’re not talking about this yolked, or this yolk. The yoke in the Gospel today is like a harness for animals that allows them to pull a plow more effectively. But do we need that? We’re already working hard every day trying to be as productive as possible. That’s precisely Jesus’s point. Jesus understands what it means to labor and be burdened. What God wants more than anything is to give our soul rest.

You see, the yoke typically binds two animals together. That’s why a pair of oxen is called a yoke of oxen. The invitation then to share in Jesus’s yoke is a sacramental call to a life-sustaining relationship with Jesus. When we are bound to Jesus and learn to live in meekness and humility, what follows we find is a sense of refreshment in our soul, in our bodily being, no matter what we’re doing, no matter where we are in life. So, in that spirit, let’s get yoked with Jesus.

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The Music of the Day

Ignatian Spirituality - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 05:30

Editor’s note: Throughout July, we’re celebrating 31 Days with St. Ignatius, a month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality. In addition to the calendar of Ignatian articles found here, posts on dotMagis this month will explore ways of Experiencing God in the Ordinary. The inspiration for our theme is the new book by William A. Barry, SJ. […]

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You’ll Never Walk Alone: Liverpool Wins the Premier League

Latest from the Jesuit Post - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 01:18

Liverpool had never won the English Premier League (EPL) title until last Thursday, June 25th. The premier league only came about in the 1990-91 season. Before that, it was called the English First Division. Liverpool won that title 18 times, more than any other First Division club, before the league changed to the modern EPL. In other words, this legendary club and its fans have been waiting—no, thirsting—for a return to English glory. 

They’ve come close before. So close. Five times in the last 30 years, Liverpool FC ended their season in second place.

The Champions league title, however, has found its home in Liverpool twice in the past three decades. In 2005, Liverpool ceded three goals to AC Milan in the first half of play before roaring back in the second half with three goals of their own. Liverpool went on to win in penalties. The game is now dubbed the “Miracle of Istanbul.” 

Last year, Liverpool provided one of the greatest second rounds of Semi-final Champions League football the world has ever seen. Losing the first leg 3-0 to FC Barcelona, Liverpool needed to win by an unlikely four goal margin. Liverpool punished the powerhouse Spanish squad four to nothing. That game gave us one of the most memorable moments in recent soccer memory in the cheeky corner kick taken by 20-year-old Alexander Trent-Arnold. They went on to beat fellow England squad, Tottenham Hotspur in the final.

Fans rightly celebrated that Champions League victory, but it’s fair to say, this season, their hopes were set on taking home the league title. The squad had everything: an elite attacking force, a dynamic midfield, the best center back in the game, and the world’s best goalkeeper. They also had world class coach Jürgen Klopp, one of the most likeable people on soccer’s world stage. 1

Klopp’s squad completely dominated the season and brought home the title with seven games left to play—an almost nonexistent occurrence in England’s topflight league. They’ve hoped for this for 30 years, and that hope was fulfilled last Thursday.

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Hope fulfilled—we can all use a little more of that these days. If you’re anything like me, then you’ve been struck by the dreadful feeling that things will just keep getting worse. This pandemic will never end. Our country will continue to descend into division and violent confrontations. The scourge of racism will never be uprooted from the nation’s soul.

But none of that is true.

We have to keep hope alive. Indeed, it’s what our faith is founded upon. As Paul writes to the Hebrews, “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” 2 The resilience of Liverpool fans can teach us something about that hope. Their very anthem is like a message from God. From the depths of their hearts and at the tops of their lungs, the whole stadium sings that anthem together every match. It goes:

When you walk through a storm

Hold your head up high

And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of a storm

There’s a golden sky

And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind

Walk on through the rain

Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on

With hope in your heart

And you’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on

With hope in your heart

And you’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone 3

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Liverpool waited 30 years for that title to come back to their beloved city. They had their hearts broken time and time again, but they continued to wait. And they did it together. That hope carried them to taking the title in 2020 of all years. I’m no lifelong Liverpool fan, but it’s something I’m celebrating.

Our hope needs to carry us on. For how long, we don’t know. If we pay attention, we can see the great things in our life that inspire hope. I take hope in the fact the pandemic is showing people how valuable we are to one another. Zoom meetups are useful, but I’ve rediscovered the value of hugging my loved ones in person. Live-streamed Masses help dull the pain of not attending, but nothing is better than actually receiving the Eucharist. 

This pandemic helps us to put these in perspective. Much like Liverpool’s 30-year absence from the top spot of English soccer made them long to be champions again, so does our absence from loved ones and cherished celebrations make us long for them even more. But in prayer, we can imagine Christ speaking the above lyrics to us. And we hope and trust that with him, we’ll never walk alone.

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The MLB looks to Sprint to the Finish Line

Latest from the Jesuit Post - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 01:33

Here we are at the beginning of July, and the United States is cautiously taking steps to resume some sense of normalcy in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Restaurants and stores are opening up with limited capacity.  Schools are discussing how best to have students return for the fall semester.  And Major League Baseball is coming back, though it will look a little different than we’re used to.  Unlike the usual 162-game marathon of a season we get year after year, in 2020, we get a 60-game sprint to the finish.

This is going to be a wild and unpredictable ride, to say the least.  And that’s an exciting prospect.

The MLB season was originally slated to start on March 26th, and the league has been trying to find a safe way to implement a season since the pandemic began.

In early April, the MLB first proposed a schedule that would allow the league to come back as soon as it was safe.  Under that plan, every team would play in Phoenix, using a handful of different stadiums to host the games without spectators.  Eventually, the plan fell through in favor of one which had teams playing in their own stadiums (still empty) and only play teams a certain distance away.

On June 23rd, MLB agreed to proceed with a 60-game season after a months-long set of negotiations between the players and owners. Players were set to report to a modified Spring Training on July 1st (held out of teams’ home ballparks).  The season will officially start on July 23rd.  Baseball is back and the schedule is soon to be finalized.

A 60-game season will be fascinating to watch.  Every game will matter in determining the playoffs 1, especially since two-thirds of the season is spent playing the other teams in the division.  Teams that were on the brink of breaking out, like the White Sox, my favorites who have been rebuilding since 2016, have a new chance to make a push.  In such a short season, the best teams may not make the playoffs (as routinely happens in a 162-game season).  

The uncertainty of such a short season is what will make this season fascinating to watch.  Teams will primarily play intra-divisional games and will not directly know the strengths or weaknesses of teams from other divisions when they reach the postseason, making the October games more unpredictable than usual.  Anything can happen, and that at least gives me some hope.

With the state of the world, we could use some hope.  Our lives feel unpredictable, and pandemic statistics can toy with our emotions.  But when it comes to baseball, unpredictability isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  This season is filled with possibility.  Will we see someone hit .400 for the first time since Ted Williams in 1941?  Will a starter have a sub-1.50 ERA?  Will a few underdogs make it to the playoffs and maybe win it all?  With a short season, everything becomes more variable, and something peculiar is bound to happen.

Baseball will be competing with the NBA and NHL in July and the NFL in September.  And though many may have been discouraged by the two-and-a-half-month delay between the first season proposal and the final decision to play ball, the added tension of each game will be palpable and keep more people engaged.  And you can be sure that I will be watching.

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Finding God in the Candy Jar

Ignatian Spirituality - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 05:30

Editor’s note: Today we kick off the 11th-annual 31 Days with St. Ignatius, our month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality. In addition to the calendar of Ignatian articles found here, posts on dotMagis this month will explore ways of Experiencing God in the Ordinary. The inspiration for our theme is the new book by William A. […]

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Catholic 101: What is the Creed?

Latest from the Jesuit Post - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 01:00

“Let us stand and profess our faith.”

Every Sunday at Mass, we stand as a congregation after the homily and recite the words of the Creed. “I believe in one God, the Father almighty…”

What exactly is the Creed? Where did it come from? What are we saying when we recite it? The truth is, the Creed is a huge topic, and many lines in the Creed were the product of tremendous debate and contention. You could take a whole graduate-level class on the contents of the Creed! This article is not going to unpack everything about the Creed. Not even close. This article is an introduction.

What the Creed is NOT.

First things first, let’s dispel some misguided ideas about the Creed. It is not a single, solitary summary of the entirety of the Catholic faith. In fact, it’s not even single. We use two Creeds regularly in the Catholic Church: the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed. These two Creeds aren’t contradictory, but they include different wording, and the Nicene Creed has more content.

Even the longer of the two, the Nicene Creed, doesn’t include a complete summary of the Catholic faith. For example, the Eucharist is never mentioned. And while the stanza on Jesus talks about his birth and Passion, it gives no mention to his teaching or miracles. What about Mary and the apostles? Barely mentioned. Yet those are all things that “We believe.” So, we can’t say that the Creed is a complete summary of the Catholic faith.

In fact, we also can’t say that the Creed is exclusively Catholic. A variety of Christian churches use the Creed: Lutherans, Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and more. When we profess belief in the “holy catholic Church” in the Creed, it’s important to note that the word catholic has a lower-case c.1 It means “universal,” not Roman Catholic. There’s even disagreement over what the word “catholic”/universal means in the context of the Creed, but it does point beyond a local church to belonging to something greater.

The last point to clarify is that the Creed is not lifted out of the pages of Scripture. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus didn’t address the crowd and say, “Those who want to follow me must believe the following things…” It’s not included among the letters of Paul nor the Acts of Apostles. We did not take the lines directly from any place in Scripture. Now, that’s not to say that the Creed goes against the Scriptures. It is certainly rooted in the Scriptures. But the composition of the Creed came centuries after the life of Jesus and the writing of the Scriptures.

So, you might be asking now, what exactly is the Creed?

What is the Creed?

The word “creed” itself comes from the first word in Latin: credo (“I believe.”). So we can certainly say that the Creed is something which we believe and hold to be true. Here’s how the Catechism of the Catholic Church begins its explanation:

“Whoever says ‘I believe’ says ‘I pledge myself to what I believe.’ Communion in faith needs a common language of faith, normative for all and uniting all in the same confession of faith.”

The Catechism goes on to say that the Creed is a “sign of recognition and communion between believers…a summary of the principle truths of the faith.” In other words, it’s a summary, even if it’s not a complete one. It’s a summary of the principle truths, the main ideas, the core tenants. It’s not everything, but it’s a lot of the most important stuff. 

And the Creed is a sign of recognition and communion between us. At Mass, we profess the same Creed all together. It’s a point of agreement. There might be issues in church teaching that we dispute (Lord knows there are lots of these!), but the Creed presents some that we can all agree on.

The Catechism further writes that the Creed “serves as the first and fundamental point of reference for catechesis.” It’s a starting point for learning about the faith. It’s like an elevator pitch. What do we believe as Catholics? Start with the Creed.

In fact, Christian missionaries have often embraced this as a starting point of evangelization. St. Francis Xavier, the great Jesuit missionary of the 16th century, would begin by teaching the Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Our Father, and the Hail Mary in any new town or village that he arrived at. Even today, the Creed is a fundamental component of RCIA.

In brief, the Creed is a concise summary of the principle truths that we agree on as a Church. It’s also our elevator pitch that serves as a starting point for introducing the faith.

Where did it come from?

If we didn’t lift the Creed straight off the pages of the New Testament, where did it come from? Let’s look at both the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed.

The origins of the Apostle’s Creed have been lost in time. An ancient tradition held that on the day of Pentecost, the twelve apostles composed this Creed, with each apostle contributing one of the twelve articles. Today that tradition is no longer widely held. The earliest written versions that we have are from the 4th century, so it was likely composed later than the Apostolic era. The Catechism asserts that we can rightly call it the Apostle’s Creed not because the apostles wrote it, but because it is “rightly considered to be a faithful summary of the apostles’ faith.” 

The origins of the Nicene Creed are much better known. It was the product of the first two “Ecumenical Councils” in the history of the Church (Vatican II was the 21st, and most recent, Ecumenical Council). The First Council of Nicaea was held in modern-day Turkey in the year 325. The primary issue of the council was asserting the divinity of Jesus. Thus, this Council gave us lines about Jesus like: “God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten not made, consubstantial with the Father.” But it didn’t give us the finished product that we pray today.

Over fifty years later, the Second Ecumenical Council was held in Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) in 381. As a complement to the Council of Nicaea, this council made a point to assert Jesus’s humanity. It used the Creed approved at Nicaea and expanded on the descriptions of Jesus’s birth and Passion: “by the Holy Spirit [he] was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried.”

Constantinople also added significantly to the last half of the Creed, which recites what we believe about the Holy Spirit, “the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.” And it added the final stanza on the “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church,” along with references to baptism, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal life.

The Nicene Creed that we profess today is the finished version of what was begun in 325 at the council in Nicaea and finished in 381 in Constantinople.2

What are the principle truths in the Creed?

Every line of the Creed is packed with meaning, so it would take a lot more than an introductory article to outline all of the truths contained (and how we arrived at them). But let’s just highlight a few key points.3

For starters, the Creed is fundamentally Trinitarian. We profess our belief in one God, who is three persons: God the Father, Jesus Christ the only begotten Son, and the Holy Spirit.4 The first three stanzas are dedicated to each of the three persons of the Trinity.

As mentioned previously, the Creed asserts both the divinity and humanity of Jesus. Jesus is one person with two natures.5 He is fully human and fully divine. We also affirm a few fundamental truths about Jesus. The Incarnation: Jesus became human and was born to Mary. And Jesus’s Passion: He suffered, died, and rose from the dead. We confess in the Creed that Jesus’s life, passion, death, and resurrection are undertaken “for our salvation.”

Along with the truths about the Trinity, we also affirm the four “marks” of the Church in the Creed: it is “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.” These marks are interconnected characteristics that the Church aspires to realize.6 With the Church, we further recognize the fundamental importance in our faith of baptism, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal life.

What do we do with it today?

At the end of reciting the Creed at Mass, the entire congregation proclaims “Amen.” It is our declaration of affirmation. “It is so!” We the people, the assembled faithful, affirm our common belief in the Creed. It is not the entirety of our faith, but it includes some of the most important, principle truths of what we believe.

Rooted in the Scriptures and written centuries ago, the Creed continues to hold meaning in our lives today. Spend time with it. Reflect on the words. Bring it to prayer. Because this is what we believe.

 

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Noticing the Invitations

Ignatian Spirituality - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 05:30

I stepped out of the car and found myself wrestling my raincoat away from the wind. Through the driving rain, something in the corner of my stairs caught my eye. Was it old leaves? Inching closer, I saw that it was a tiny, shivering sparrow, its feathers flattened by the rain. It didn’t budge, even […]

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Christ: The Center of Our Life and Love | One-Minute Homily

Latest from the Jesuit Post - Sun, 06/28/2020 - 02:00

Does Jesus say that we should love our family less? Ian Peoples, SJ, reflects on a challenging statement from Jesus and what it means for Jesus to be the center of our lives. Based on the readings for Sunday, June 28.

When all our love is in and through Christ, then our love is amplified beyond our own capabilities.

Hi, I’m Ian Peoples, and this is my One-Minute Reflection.

Jesus uses strong words in the gospel today, “whoever loves father, mother, son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” But the important thing to remember is that Jesus is not asking us to love our family less; that love simply has to be oriented in and through Christ.

A Jesuit mentor of mine gave me an image I find helpful.

He described our relationships like the wheel of a bicycle.

All the spokes of the wheel pass through the hub. If any of the spokes do not pass through that center, it compromises the strength of the entire wheel.

It’s the same with our relationships. All of our relationships should pass through Christ, our hub, the center of our lives. If a relationship is not oriented through Christ, it simply compromises the strength of our love.

Christ needs to be the center of our life. Because when he is that hub, we are able to love people even more.

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Beware a Lack of Listening

Ignatian Spirituality - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 05:30

You become wise through listening. However, it’s impossible to listen if you’ve already made up your mind—because you don’t need more information, you know what you’re doing, and you don’t see how someone else’s experience really compares to yours. Watch this video excerpt on listening from my Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy […]

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Driving in the Fourth Week

Ignatian Spirituality - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 05:30

I swore I would never get a vanity license plate. But then I did. I can’t exactly say it came from deep prayer and contemplation. It was an intellectual challenge to identify something that encapsulated my identity, values, and joys into seven letters. “Chocolate” had too many letters. Names weren’t allowed. “AMDG” was already taken. […]

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Approach the Examen in fresh ways with Reimagining the Ignatian Examen by Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ.

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What God Promises During a Pandemic: My Month at The Pope Francis Center

Latest from the Jesuit Post - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 02:33

Right after Easter, my month-long quarantine was interrupted. The Pope Francis Center in Detroit–a place where folks on the margins can get meals and other essentials–needed workers. Accustomed to relying on volunteers to help serve meals, stay-at-home orders put the Center in a bind. The pandemic had increased demand just as the staff was reduced to a handful of full-time workers. The head of the Center reached out to the Jesuits at Loyola University Chicago for assistance, and I was sent with one of my Jesuit brothers to fill in the gap for a month.

Most days, my main role was to assist in distributing food starting at 7 AM. Even with six foot social distancing gaps in the line, the guests moved quickly, requestinging coffee, orange juice, “bagel bags” and oatmeal. On our busiest days, we’d serve 500 meals in less than four hours. It felt like I was standing with Jesus and feeding the 5000. As I’d hand meals out the door, more and more and more guests would appear requesting anything we could offer. The cooks were so adept, though, the food never seemed to run out. It was both exhausting and exhilarating.

As I’ve previously imagined the scene of the multiplication, an orderly crowd peacefully received the miraculous feast. Matthew tells us that the disciples “gave the food to the crowds” and that “they all ate and were satisfied.”1  After a few days at the Center, I began to doubt the Evangelist’s easy resolution. A number of our guests suffered from various levels of mental illness, as must have been the case back in Jerusalem. A few were actively using drugs. Frequently, I was the target of particularly virulent flares of mental illness and experiences of withdrawal. One particular guest stands out.

She’d visit us almost every day, clearly suffering some sort of mental duress. One day, she actively rejected what I gave her three times in a row. First, she slapped a cup of orange juice across the street, spilling it everywhere. Then, she threw an orange into a dirty puddle on the side of the road. Finally, she took and immediately threw out a brand new pair of socks.

“Why are you doing that?” I asked her, “Look at all these people who would want that.” 

“Because I can,” she responded.

For a time, she channeled her inner Mary Poppins and began re-gifting the food I provided to the ever-fatter birds that circled around the Center each morning. “Don’t feed the birds,” we’d call out, as she strewed bowls of chili and bags of chips across the road. As her avian friends swooped in, it resembled a scene from Hitchcock’s The Birds.

Her actions weren’t always quite so docile. One morning, another staff member rushed in, panicked. “There’s a dumpster fire out there,” he said. “Literally or figuratively?” I asked. “Literally.” My friend the bird feeder seemed to have lit the match. Thankfully, the fire department arrived quickly.

Despite her open rejection of what I offered, and her refusal to stop feeding the birds, and her troubling acts of arson, I found myself growing particularly fond of her, excited to see her and talk to her and to offer her food each day.

I took the experience to Jesus, asking him, “why her? Why should I love her?” Jesus reminded me that the promise of resurrection is transformation. 

My brother has struggled for years with opioid addiction. On numerous occasions, he also flatly rejected offers of love my family and I gave him. Many times, he refused to do the things we asked. I even remember him playing with matches. Jesus reminded me of the ways he had invited me to ever greater love of my troubled brother. In my prayer, Jesus told me: 

“You struggled to love him, but now it’s easy to love her. Relish that.” 

God had transformed one of the great struggles of my life into a freedom for love I didn’t expect to have. 

Maybe that’s what resurrection looks like.

For the disciples, resurrection meant watching their friend being killed by corrupt authorities and, instead of cowering in fear, feeling emboldened to proclaim his name across the land. For me, resurrection has meant experiencing the anger and confusion and rejection brought about by my brother’s addiction, and finding in it God’s invitation to love with even more depth. What resurrection is God inviting for me as I mourn for a world torn apart by deadly racism and a persistent pandemic?

In this woman, God invited me to look in the face of mental illness and outright rejection and see the face of my brother. God called me to love them both anyway. So must we all.

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Photo courtesy of the author.

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“Why do you have to make everything about race?”

Latest from the Jesuit Post - Mon, 06/22/2020 - 23:56

In my three years of teaching Catholic Social Teaching to high school juniors, white students frequently asked, “Why do you make everything about race?” It was a question I had asked at their age as well. In response, I attempted to offer some of the overwhelming statistical and historical evidence, but many of them were indeed overwhelmed by the sheer volume and preferred easier, less-challenging answers. I missed a pedagogical opportunity.

I wish I had asked them, “What’s spurring that question?” or “What causes you to ask that?” Given the latest surge in white attention to racial injustice, I think both questions are worth addressing: “What’s motivating that question?” and “How does race impact everything?” 

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What’s motivating that question?

Upon reflection, I realized that whenever I asked someone, “Why do you always make it about race,” my real intention was to disrupt the conversation. I remember feeling cornered by the evidence, so I tried to spoil the dialogue rather than engage and learn. The question was a logical fallacy, a circular argument from ignorance. It was a desperate attempt to deny the realities of racism. 

Systemic and cultural racism confronts American mythology. America’s national mythology lauds individualism rooted in equal opportunity, one’s own hard work being the reason for one’s success. If systemic racism is real, however, the individualism myth quickly starts unraveling. 

White Americans did not achieve the American Dream merely by our own hands. I did not get to where I am in life only because of the hard work I have put in. Most white Americans haven’t. White families built generational wealth because federal, state, and local legislation ensured it. White people designed laws and cultures at the expense of individuals and communities of color. This is not to say that white people have not worked hard or there are no white people experiencing poverty. Rather, it recognizes that white people have had barriers removed for them and we have created barriers for people of color. 

Moreover, racism is not merely individual prejudice, so we cannot rely on self-improvement, or pulling oneself up by the color-blind bootstraps. White people are collectively responsible for undoing racism. This is not to say I am at fault for what happened before my lifetime. It is to say that now that I know the realities of systemic racism, I am responsible for challenging them.

“Why do you always make it about race?” is fundamentally about denial. If injustice or other outcomes are impacted by race, then other American myths begin to waver. 

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Is everything about race?

“Why do you make everything about race?” attempts to reduce the argument so as to dismiss it. The faulty logic goes that if we can find one thing not about race, then the whole formula is false. Rather, the argument is better stated, “In the USA, race and racism impact almost every aspect of public life.” Here are a few examples of how race and racism are present in foundational structures of our society:

  1. The Declaration of Independence states: “[King George] has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.” In The Common Cause, Robert Parkinson explores how revolutionary leaders exaggerated and fully fabricated stories of Black and Indian revolts and massacres, all supposedly spurred by the British crown. Revolutionary leaders needed a uniting cause beyond just liberty–racial fear. Racial animosity helped to unite and win the American Revolution.
  2. In 1862, President Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, creating our modern public college system. The federal government took Indigenous land through a mix of coerced treaties and race-based genocide, subsequently redistributing it to states for colleges. State universities continue to draw endowments and interest from those original land grants. Washington State University, for example, earned $4.5 million last year from timber harvests on their land. The Morrill Act coincided with the Homestead Act and the subsidizing of the Transcontinental Railway via the Pacific Railway Act. Together, these three acts dispossessed indigenous communities of tremendous wealth and cemented inequality.
  3. More recently, redlining, interstate highways, and gentrification have greatly and disproportionately impacted communities of color. Redlining comes from the 1930s policy of literally color-coding maps of cities for where banks could give out government-backed housing loans. Neighborhoods of color–even prominent, wealthy ones like Sugar Hillwere colored red. Post-WWII, veterans could use the GI Bill to purchase homes at low interest rates. Banks both legally and illegally refused loans to people of color. Because home ownership is one of the greatest drivers of individual and communal wealth, this process segregated neighborhoods, caused massive wealth inequality, and drove future racial wealth inequality. Today, depressed urban centers with communities of color are targeted for interstates and gentrification. Interstates–which allowed for the development of white-dominant suburbs–were developed along economic and racial guidelines. Black neighborhoods were to be sacrificed in order to build roads that primarily served white drivers. Gentrification causes housing prices to skyrocket primarily in urban communities of color, thus driving communities from their homes. These realities impact everything from publication education funding to small business opportunities to police violence.

These are just a few examples. Race and racism impact maternal healthcare, COVID19, access to banking, oil pipelines, environmental justice, and more. Racism is not merely feelings of animosity or prejudice between races. It is the dynamics woven into our political and economic structures meant to disadvantage and disenfranchise communities of color.

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Ultimately, white people are called to anti-racism, to tear down the barriers to flourishing for people of color. Anti-racism does not mean that suddenly white people are oppressed. It means committing to challenging implicit biases, deconstructing structures, and creating socially just systems. This can seem a daunting task, both because of the sheer prevalence of racist structures and the way in which racism challenges broader beliefs about American identity. But given American commitment to ingenuity, dreaming, and hope, I am sure it is a challenge we can communally face.

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11th-Annual 31 Days with St. Ignatius

Ignatian Spirituality - Mon, 06/22/2020 - 05:30

July is almost here, which means we’re getting ready for the 11th-annual 31 Days with St. Ignatius. This month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality leads up to the feast day of its namesake on July 31. We’ve put together a calendar of Ignatian articles and more for you to be inspired daily. Then, we’re taking inspiration […]

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DACA Supreme Court Decision: Uncertain Hope for Dreamers

Latest from the Jesuit Post - Mon, 06/22/2020 - 01:34

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Nineteen years is a long time to hold onto the uncertain hope that a dream will come true. Although it has seen many iterations, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors or DREAM Act first appeared nearly two decades ago in August 2001 as a bipartisan effort to provide a pathway to legal status for those who as minors migrated to the United States without authorization. For the over 700,000 Dreamers, the potential beneficiaries of the DREAM Act, their cause for hope just became more justifiable. 

Last Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its decision in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of University of California, declaring the Trump administration’s order to end DACA, a program which has prevented removal of qualifying migrants, “arbitrary and capricious.” While the court’s ruling provides some relief, words like deferred and temporary remain the most apt for describing the suspense in which Dreamers continue to find themselves.  

In September 2001, just one month after the initial introduction of the DREAM Act, hopes were dashed. In the name of fighting terrorism, the dream of a secure future for thousands of young migrants suddenly became a nightmare of national security fueled by xenophobia. This bout of anti-immigrant sentiment has haunted our national discourse ever since, and incredibly, nineteen years later, the dream is still deferred but not lost.  

Although the DREAM Act has not yet been passed, a less controversial stopgap policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was enacted in 2012 by President Obama. DACA allows for the exercise of discretion to withhold legal prosecution of migration violations committed by children who had no choice in their parents’ decision to break the law. However, without authorization from Congress, DACA lacks a pathway to permanent residency. Requiring those eligible to apply every two years to prevent prosecution, it is merely a promise that DACA recipients will not be deported for now.

Life as a DACA Recipient

In the meantime, you, who have constantly wondered which will continue to be deferred, your dream or your deportation, have been my peer, my classmate, my coworker, and my friend. You have grown up alongside me, an American among Americans. Mexico, in fact, is more foreign to you than it is to me because I’ve had the privilege to travel there. For you a trip to see your abuelos for the first time in memory would be a one-way ticket with no way home.   

You are a Cub Scout. You pledge allegiance to the flag and promise to do your duty to God and your country. But which country? The United States is the only one you’ve ever known, but they say you belong somewhere else. Your mom took the risk of registering you for DACA trusting that the government would not deport an eight year old if it happened to renege on its promise. 

You are ready to go to college now. You’ve worked hard, I mean, real hard to get to this point. You won’t miss muddling through mounds of homework by yourself while Mom was cleaning somebody else’s house. Even if she had been there, she would be the first to admit that a 6th grade Honduran education can’t contend with A.P. English. You got the grades and you earned every one of them, but how can you pay international student tuition? No documents equals no financial aid. By the grace of God, a kind teacher, who has always looked out for you, asks friends to help fund a scholarship. Even so, each day leaves you wondering: Could I lose it all?

You can’t remember a time when you weren’t teaching Sunday school. By the time you were a teenager, you were leading the parish’s faith formation team. You may even have a vocation to the priesthood, but how can you discern when your status is undefined?

You attend one of the most elite universities in the U.S. You never utter a word about your status, but you’re sure they know. It’s clear that Spanish is your first language though it has now become a distant second, a piece of you that faded with the skin you shed to fit in here. Pilsen is far away now, but it will always be home. 

You are a loving parent and spouse. You have planted roots and grown up to provide shade for those you love.  Like nearly 30,000 other Dreamers, you work in an overwhelmed healthcare system in a time of great urgency. What country would deport a nurse at a time like this?  

What Can You Do?

Thwarting the Trump administration’s attempt to end DACA, the court’s 5-4 opinion hinged upon the fact that the administration’s decision was not backed by sound legal justifications. As Chief Justice Roberts made clear, “We address only whether the [Department of Homeland Security] complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action.”

While the court’s decision certainly gives hope to DACA recipients, it does not eliminate the limbo in which they find themselves. Their residency status is still temporary, they must continue to apply for DACA regularly, and the executive branch could find a legally defensible alternative to end the program. What then is the solution? 

In his dissent of the court’s opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas observed, “The court could have made clear that the solution respondents seek must come from the legislative branch.” The U.S. Bishops have called for the passage of the Dream Act of 2019 (S. 874), which the House of Representatives passed last June. Now the Senate has the power to make it a law.  

Today we stand in solidarity with DACA recipients. If you were moved at all imagining yourself in the place of someone who had no choice in the matter of coming to this country, you should urge our Senators to pass the Dream Act of 2019. Contact your Senator today!

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Decisión de la Corte Suprema sobre DACA: Esperanza Incierta para los Dreamers

Latest from the Jesuit Post - Mon, 06/22/2020 - 00:32

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Diecinueve años es mucho tiempo para aferrarse a la incierta esperanza de que un sueño se haga realidad. Aunque han habido muchas versiones, el Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors o DREAM Act apareció por primera vez hace casi dos décadas en agosto de 2001, como un esfuerzo bipartidista para proporcionar un camino hacia el estatus legal para aquellos que como menores emigraron a los Estados Unidos sin autorización. Para los más de 700,000 Dreamers, los beneficiarios potenciales del DREAM Act, su razón para tener esperanza se volvió más justificable.

El jueves pasado, la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos emitió su decisión en el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional v. Regentes de la Universidad de California, declarando “arbitraria y caprichosa” la orden de la administración Trump de poner fin a DACA, un programa que ha impedido la deportación de inmigrantes calificados. Aunque el fallo de la corte brinda alivio, palabras como “diferido” y “temporal” siguen siendo las más adecuadas para describir el suspenso en el que los Dreamers continúan encontrándose.

En septiembre de 2001, sólo un mes después de la introducción inicial del DREAM Act, las esperanzas se desvanecieron. En nombre de la lucha contra el terrorismo, el sueño de un futuro seguro para miles de jóvenes inmigrantes se convirtió de repente en una pesadilla de seguridad nacional, alimentada por la xenofobia. Este episodio de sentimiento anti-inmigrante ha empapado nuestro discurso nacional desde entonces, e increíblemente, diecinueve años después, el sueño aún se difiere pero no se pierde.

Aunque el DREAM Act aún no se ha aprobado, el presidente Obama promulgó en 2012 una política provisional menos controvertida conocida como Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA permite el ejercicio de la discreción para retener el procesamiento legal de las violaciones de migración cometidas por niños que no tuvieron otra opción en la decisión de sus padres de violar la ley. Sin embargo, sin autorización del Congreso, DACA carece de un camino hacia la residencia permanente. Requerir a los elegibles presentar una solicitud cada dos años para evitar el procesamiento, es simplemente una promesa de que los beneficiarios de DACA no serán deportados por ahora.

La vida como beneficiario de DACA

Mientras tanto, tú, que siempre te has preguntado qué continuará siendo diferido, tu sueño, o tu deportación, has sido mi vecino, mi compañero de clase, de trabajo y mi amigo. Has crecido junto a mí, un estadounidense entre los estadounidenses. México, de hecho, es más extraño para ti que para mí porque he tenido el privilegio de viajar allá. Para ti, un viaje para ver a tus abuelos por primera vez en la memoria, podría ser un boleto de ida sin vuelta a casa.

Eres un Cub Scout. Juras tu lealtad a la bandera y prometes cumplir con tu deber con Dios y tu país. ¿Pero cuál país? Estados Unidos es el único que has conocido, pero dicen que perteneces a otro lugar. Tu madre se arriesgó a inscribirte en DACA confiando en que el gobierno cumpliría su promesa y no deportaría a un niño de ocho años.

Ahora estás listo para ir a la universidad. Has trabajado duro, de hecho, muy duro para llegar a este punto. No extrañarás los días en que te enredabas entre montones de tarea mientras Mamá limpiaba la casa de otra persona. Si ella hubiera estado allí, sería la primera en admitir que una educación hondureña de sexto grado no puede lidiar con A.P. English. Lograste las calificaciones y mereces cada una de ellas, pero ¿cómo puedes pagar la matrícula de los estudiantes internacionales? Ningún documento significa ninguna ayuda financiera. Por la gracia de Dios, una amable maestra, que siempre te ha cuidado, le pide a algunas amistades que ayuden a financiar una beca. Aun así, cada día te hace preguntarte: ¿Podría yo perderlo todo?

No puedes recordar un momento en que no estabas dando clases de catequesis. Cuando eras un adolescente, ya estabas liderando el equipo de catequistas de la parroquia. Incluso puedes tener una vocación al sacerdocio, pero ¿cómo puedes discernir cuando tu estatus no está definido?

Asistes a una de las universidades más elitistas de los EE. UU. Nunca pronuncias una palabra sobre tu estatus, pero estás segura de que la gente sabe. Estás claro que el español es tu primer idioma, aunque ahora ha pasado a una segunda y distante posición, un pedazito de ti que se desvaneció, junto a la piel de la que te despojaste para encajar aquí. Pilsen está lejos ahora, pero siempre será tu hogar.

Eres una madre y esposa cariñosa. Has plantado raíces y crecido para dar sombra a tus seres queridos. Al igual que casi otros 30,000 Dreamers, trabajas en un sistema de salud agobiado en un momento de gran urgencia. ¿Qué país deportaría a una enfermera en un momento como éste?

¿Qué puedes hacer?

Frustrando el intento de la administración Trump de terminar con DACA, la opinión de la corte 5-4 se basó en el hecho de que la decisión de la administración no estaba respaldada por justificaciones legales sólidas. Como el Presidente de la Corte Suprema, el juez Roberts, dejó claro: “Sólo abordamos si el [Departamento de Seguridad Nacional] cumplió con el requisito procesal de proporcionar una explicación razonada de su acción.”

Si bien la decisión de la corte ciertamente da esperanza a los beneficiarios de DACA, no elimina el limbo en el que se encuentran. Su estatus de residencia aún es temporal, tienen que continuar solicitando DACA regularmente y el poder ejecutivo podría encontrar una alternativa legalmente defendible para finalizar el programa. ¿Cuál es entonces la solución?

En su disidencia de la opinión de la corte, el juez Clarence Thomas observó: “La corte podría haber dejado en claro que la solución que buscan los encuestados debe provenir del poder legislativo.” Los obispos de los Estados Unidos han pedido la aprobación del Dream Act of 2019 (S. 874), que la Cámara de Representantes aprobó en junio pasado. Ahora el Senado tiene el poder de convertirlo en ley.

Hoy nos solidarizamos con los beneficiarios de DACA. Si te identificas con la decisión de venir a este país, insta a nuestros senadores a aprobar el Dream Act of 2019. ¡Póngase en contacto con su senador hoy!

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God Knows Us and Stands with Us | One-Minute Homily

Latest from the Jesuit Post - Sun, 06/21/2020 - 02:00

Jesus tells his disciples that God knows the number of hairs on their head. Jason Quino McCreery, SJ, reflects on what else God knows, including our worries and pain. Based on the readings for Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Do you know how many hairs are on your head? I’ve never actually counted.

Hi, I’m Jason Quino McCreery, and this is my One-Minute Reflection.

Jesus today tells the Twelve Apostles, do not be afraid for God knows even the number of hairs on your head. And when I imagine this scene, I can’t help but see one of the apostles saying, ‘that’s great, but not actually what I’m worried about.’

And we could say the same thing today. ‘That’s great, but I’m worried about the murder of George Floyd. I’m worried about the cops who killed Breonna Taylor whom have been neither charged nor fired. I’m worried about President Trump removing protections for transgender people to get access to healthcare. Do you not see these things? Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’

But Jesus only tells us, God knows. God knows, and God suffers with us. God will not snap the divine fingers and fix all of our problems. Christ has no hands but ours, no voice but ours. Am I willing to become like Christ, and take up my own cross? Am I willing to become like Simon of Cyrene, and carry my neighbor’s cross, because their body has been beaten and broken by the whips of oppressors? Some of us are just starting to see the suffering and injustice in our country; now we know. What will we do about it?

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