"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)

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Black Lives Are Sacred Day 2: Index Post

God of Justice who declared black lives matter at the dawn of creation by scooping up a handful of black earth with which to craft humanity in the image of divinity, We thank you that our radiant blackness is neither accidental nor incidental to your glory.... We bless those protesting in other places around this nation and world proclaiming that black lives more than matter but that black life is sacred, and your very image.

---Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, from "Protest Prayer"

We who are white usually choose to forget that our nation, proclaimed the land of the free, was built on the mortal sin of slavery. And that its evil legacy continues today in the twisted fruits of police brutality, mass incarceration, and terrible economic injustice. I undertake this commitment to blog for the month of October about the sacredness of Black lives in God's image praying for the intercession of the Black Madonna of Montserrat, throne of Incarnate Wisdom--shown here in a picture I took at the retreat house where I made my 30 Day Spiritual Exercises.

When Ignatius of Loyola, the epitome of his culture's toxic masculinity as an arrogant nobleman and violent soldier, began to be transformed by grace he spent an entire night praying before her and walked away leaving his armor and weapons. As a woman and survivor of male sexual and emotional violence I am moved and empowered by the power of his surrender and repentance before Mary, image of both Mother God and the actual women he had exploited and abused.

As a highly educated, financially comfortable white woman profoundly complicit in our culture's white supremacy I pray for the same deep surrender and repentance before her, image of God's shining Black radiance and of the sisters and brothers denied the safety and prosperity I and my family complacently and unjustly enjoy. Thank you for accompanying me on this journey and please do share your heart and thoughts in the comments.

Day 1: Doing Little Things With Great Love
Day 2: This Index Post
Day 3: Confessing Racism
Day 4: Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA
Day 5: Free Bresha Meadows
Day 6: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Day 7: Black Lives Matter Stations of the Cross
Day 8: Ferguson Mother of God
Day 9: Black Lives Matter T-Shirt on Fridays
Day 10: Indigenous People's Day
Day 11: Supreme Court Fail on Police Brutality
Day 12: Jesus Christ Liberator
Day 13: St. Michael the Archangel, Brother Mickey McGrath
Day 14: Black Lives Matter Madonna, Brother Mickey McGrath
Day 15: Apologizing for Racism
Day 16: All Widows Matter?
Day 17: Making Amends for Racism
Day 18: Young Heroes Persecuted
Day 19: Irish Lives Matter?
Day 20: Forgiving Racism
Day 21: BLM Stations of the Cross, Part 2
Day 22: Lift Every Voice and Sing Again
Day 23: It is Well.
Day 24: The Queen of Katwe
Day 25: Beyonce If I Were A Boy
Day 26: Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, Love God Herself
Day 27: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Reparations
Day 28: Anthem Heroines, Anthem Villains
Day 29: Black Police Victim of White Police Brutality
Day 30: Preschool to Prison Pipeline
Day 31: Apologizing for Racism Again

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