"I heard a voice from heaven saying, 'Son, let this woman be a bride to you in the restoration of my people. Let her be a mother for these people, regenerating souls through the salvation of spirit and water.'" (Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Seven Quick Takes: Black Lives are Sacred

For Respect Life month I am taking the Write 31 Days challenge with a focus on the timely but sometimes forgotten focus of racial injustice which still claims too many Black lives at every stage.

This button for the series is the Black Madonna of Montserrat at whose shrine in Spain Ignatius kept an all night Vigil on the feast of the Annunciation, leaving his armor and weapons of war there after his conversion.

I am linking to some favorites of the 12 posts published so far.

1. Index post which was actually published the second day and has more reflection Our Lady of Montserrat as well as links to all posts published so far for those interested.

2. Confessing Racism on my personal and sacramental journey around this issue.

3. Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA--a new-to-me-intercessor on these issues researched on the feast of St. Francis, plus a beautiful icon of them together by Brother Mickey McGrath.

4. Free Bresha Meadows: the heartbreaking story, with action requests, of a young girl forced to defend her mother, siblings, and self from long term egregious abuse by her father with the gun he frequently used to terrorize them--now on suicide watch in jail. Katie was especially moved by her plight and I count the letters of support and prayer we sent Bresha as our most important homeschool activity last week. Please reach out to her as well in this virtual corporal work of mercy: "visiting those in prison."

5. Our Lady of Ferguson. Stunning icon honoring the suffering of Christ in his slaughtered Black sisters and brothers.

6.Black Lives Matter T-shirt on Fridays. New little known practice but one I am grateful to have learned about and embraced for the past few weeks --wearing one today too. Includes the link to purchase the lovely one in the picture from a small, great-service, business by a young black man who is also a DJ.

7. BLM Stations of the Cross: a Protestant adaptation that slightly adapts the traditional Catholic fourteen, prayed with much fruit during my retreat last Friday at Mission San Luis Rey.

Issues of racism are terribly scary to us who benefit from the structural injustice favoring white people that is still in place in so many ways. So I am praying to engage them in my life and on my blog with love, humility, and respect for people on various stages of understanding and comfort level. I commend everyone who has the courage to read, invite your sharing in the comments and prayers for my conversion, and feedback on what is going well and how I can do better especially in speaking to other white people, a primary job of an aspiring white ally to Black people in their brave and sacred work for dignity and justice. Many thanks and many blessings!

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