|“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” John 13:34
I’m sorry this newsletter is late. Because of Shelter in Place, we strive to connect with you, the Community, about once a week on average. The Secretariat deeply desires that we stay connect to one another and serve if able. Please see below for coming events, including a Rosary on Wednesday June 10.
This newsletter is late because of me. The death of George Floyd and others before him is the current tipping point in unleashing collective rage around the country. We’ve seen reactions and responses from many quarters.
I’m struggling with my emotions: anger, disgust, sadness, fear and with my feelings: heartbreak, agony, pessimism, and despair. Some are selfish. Most are in solidarity with people of color (and others). Perhaps some of you can relate. I know similar (and more intense) emotions and feelings are being shared in many of your 4th Day Groups.
Feelings and emotions are not right or wrong. How I (we) translate those emotions and feelings into action, words, and deeds matter. Christ died for our salvation 2000 years ago and is transforming the world through the continuous work of countless believers, who journey with the Holy Spirit moment by moment.
We believers transform our world by tirelessly turning our hearts and minds towards God. We choose to transform the environments where we live, work, and play by demanding and pushing for equality and justice. We choose to transform through authentic discussion, listening, learning, building awareness, education, and sincere empathy.
We often hear, “What would Jesus do?” A member of my 4th Day often says “I’m not sure what Jesus would do, but I do know what Jesus would not do.” Each us needs to chose what to do and what not to do. Are we going to improve equality and justice and dismantle systemic racism or make other decisions?
I believe that we don’t have 2000 years to end systemic racism, inequality, or injustice. Change will not happen overnight, but it will change moment by moment by our choices, voices, thoughts and actions.
I ask each of you to consider your choices and turn your emotions and feelings into meaningful actions for change. All of us have gifts we can use: prayer, advocacy, education, thoughtful dialog, service, study, emailing government officials, etc.
At the very least, I ask each to pray for the metanoia, wisdom, and awareness that we may need.
There is no place for racism or discrimination of any sort in our Movement, in case people desire to know where I stand. If I’ve learned anything in the past two weeks is that I and we can and will do better. If you observe otherwise, I ask that you contact me directly.
Cursillo is a lay movement in the Catholic Church under the auspices of the Bishop. Bishop Cantú posted a response to the death of George Floyd and a response to racist incidents in our local high schools. Members of the Secretariat are in unity with the Bishop.
In case you’ve were not aware of the Bishop’s responses, the links are here:
Bishop Cantú Speaks on the Death of George Floyd
Working to Eliminate Racism from our Hearts and Schools
You are in my daily prayers.
Sincerely and De Colores,