The past few weeks have been fraught with anger, fear, and distress, not just in the United States but all over the world. Who would have thought that a global pandemic would take second place in our immediate concerns. How can any of us make sense of it? How can we discern what our role needs to be?
Here are three ideas for what you can do, both now and in the long term:
- Try to identify types of projects or activities that bring together different individuals, schools, parishes, small groups and/or communities to work together on an issue.
- Listen to a podcast reviewing why Catholics need to care about racism.
- You could turn to Mary and pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary for an end to violence.
As Pope Francis said on Pentecost: “The Spirit loves us and knows everyone’s place in the grand scheme of things: for him, we are not bits of confetti blown around by the wind; rather we are irreplaceable fragments in his mosaic.” The USCCB has resources to combat racism that include articles, videos, and more, and they might give you some ideas for remembering that we are not that confetti but are all irreplaceable fragments in his mosaic.