I’m seeing so much hate in the world right now and it’s very disheartening.
In his homily on Sunday, my pastor invited the congregation (who were still watching remotely, my diocese has not okay-ed Sunday mass yet) to kneel for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. This is the length of time that Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of George Floyd. I felt this was such a profound moment for the community to reflect on the sanctity of life and the prevalence of racism within our communities and ourselves. We must all do better because none of us are without blame.
I am pro-life. I believe in the dignity of every single human life. That’s all there is to it. We are called to love our neighbor.
What has been incredibly upsetting is the amount of division on social media. People are shaming others and spreading hate. I see so much hate. I do not see the good that this can do.
Black lives matter. The fight for the sanctity of life cannot win by demeaning others. It must be based on love.
I’ve been reflecting a lot on St. Teresa of Calcutta’s quote, “if you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”
Love begins at home.
If we cannot love those closest to us, how can we ever have a hope of succeeding?
For some good resources, check out this post. Alison has a lot of good ideas on how to help!