Let Us Pray
These weeks have been fraught with strife, sorrow and pain here in the United States. The death of George Floyd strikes at the very foundation of our country’s values and violates a most basic tenet of our Faith, respect for the dignity of every person who is created in the image and likeness of God and the protection of human life.
Archbishop Perez spoke strongly and directly about this pain and tragedy in these words ~
The hearts of Americans across the country are joined together in collective mourning following the tragic, disturbing, and unnecessary death of George Floyd. In the name of the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I express my prayerful condolences and join with all who are struggling to cope with this heavy burden of sorrow and grief.
Recent events in Minneapolis are a stark reminder that the vile evil of racism has not been stamped out in this country. Rather, it has been resurgent in communities throughout our land for the last several years with old wounds being painfully ripped open time and again.
Racial hatred has no place in our world, including here in the United States, or in the hearts of people. Every life is a precious gift from God. Racism is a mortal sin and an attack on that gift. All of us share a responsibility to bring an end to this evil and to do so in a way that seeks justice and peace. The perpetual cycle of pain and anguish must end.
May God give all of us courage and solace as we work together for social justice and to preserve our land as one of equality and opportunity for every citizen. May He bring peace to Minneapolis and to our Philadelphia region and may He rekindle within each of our hearts true love and respect for our fellow human beings.
I share the Archbishop’s message to express solidarity with him and all Catholics as we strive to understand how to find the path that ends this evil and builds communion across all divides. In confronting the pain and sorrow of this tragedy, may we fervently work and pray for an end to racial hatred and let us join together to promote a deepening of true respect and honor towards every human person.
God bless you, God love you,