Parish Articles

Category: Antiracism

“VERITAS” A Poem by Kevin B.

“Jesus doesn’t condemn those who are weak and trying hard; but those who are strong and aren’t trying at all. For Jesus, sin is often a failure to bother to love.” – Fr. James Martin, SJ I think it is the Truth that I am antiracist. I have given it

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“The Words of My Mouth” by Andrew L.

We are no longer [held by] distinctions deriving from the flesh – but are to bear within ourselves only the seal of God, by whom and for whom we were created. We are to be so formed and modeled by God that we are recognized as belonging to God’s one

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“Recognizing and Respecting Agency” by John S.

I was a high school senior, riding a Baltimore County school bus full of my fellow (white) students, on our way to an athletic event. The conversation on the bus was about two well-known African American athletes, one known for his political and cultural stances, the other not. The conversation

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“A Personal Journey to Antiracism” by Len H.

I grew up a white kid, in a white, urban, neighborhood, in a white parish, within a city that was 40% African American. In my eight years at St. Bernard school, there was one African American student. No African American families were parishioners, although large African American neighborhoods were within

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“To Love as Jesus Loves” by Gerri L.

“As we are transformed into the image of our God, we learn to love others as Jesus does. Such self-sacrificing love could really change our world.” – Illio Delio, Claire of Assisi, p. ix The chronic injustice and blind prejudice baked into everyday life for people of color haven’t been

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“Talk Less & Learn More” by Kathleen L.

I grew up in the 1970s south in a white family that certainly didn’t think of itself as racist (it was). It was an era of still-overt racism while a new, arguably more insidious form of covert racism also flourished. I thought little of race, to be perfectly honest, participating

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“Racism Makes A Liar of God” by Kendall C.

Does your significant other share your views on racism? How about Anti- racism – that is actively taking a stance to combat racist thoughts and values in his/her community, home and self?  My husband, Kevin, and I come from very different backgrounds. He grew up in Carroll County, Maryland and

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“Reflections on Racism and My Faith” by Toni M.

“Be enlightened by wisdom and understanding and guided by the Holy Spirit to effectively work to overcome the diseases of racism, injustice and indifference that disfigure the face of our common family.”  – Pope Francis As a Catholic African American Person of Color (POC), I live the tragedy of how

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“The Holy Spirit is Here” by Allison C.

“When we talk about race today, with all the pain packed into that conversation, the Holy Spirit remains in the room. This doesn’t mean the conversations aren’t painful, aren’t personal, aren’t charged with emotion. But it does mean we can survive.”  — Austin Channing Brown “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity

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The Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Every time I assisted pilgrimages to the Holy Land, we stopped in Magdala. It is the site of a memorial church built recently to Women of the Gospels. You walk into the church and a dome is held up by seven pillars with women’s names on them. These are heroines

The Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, This June, let us advocate for migrants at our southern border who face mortal danger. Many Latinos have varied but valid reasons to come to our door: death squads in their home countries, gangs that had been extorting money from them, misguided leaders who ruined economies

The Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Every time I assisted pilgrimages to the Holy Land, we stopped in Magdala. It is the site of a memorial church built recently to Women of the Gospels. You walk into the church and a dome is held up by seven pillars with women’s names on them. These are heroines

The Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, This June, let us advocate for migrants at our southern border who face mortal danger. Many Latinos have varied but valid reasons to come to our door: death squads in their home countries, gangs that had been extorting money from them, misguided leaders who ruined economies

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