Creation Care Ministries denounce racist violence

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by Father Emmet

“Silence in the face of evil, is evil itself.”  — Dietrich Boenhoffer

“The only thing necessary for evil to thrive is for good people to do nothing.” – Norman Burke

At a recent Creation Care conference a member asked, “How can we quote Pope Francis’s Laudato Si document saying we are ‘one family and we live in a common home’ and not denounce the killing of our black brother George Floyd?  How can we be silent, indifferent, and not be accomplices to this destruction of human life?”

Through the Office of Life, Peace, & Justice, we the Creation Care Ministry, denounce all racist brutality by law enforcement or civilians as an act of violence that destroys human life and equality in our human family.

Laudato Si states, that we are all interconnected and that we must ‘hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” 

We have heard the last words of George Floyd sayingI cannot breathe’.  The most essential of God’s gifts to us is our life.  and any act to take the breath of life from another human being is a sin against all of us. Rev. Al Sharpton shared, “We black people have been saying in so many different ways for four hundred years, ‘I cannot breathe’, because the knee of society is holding us down.”  

We of the Creation Care Ministry denounce any and all violent actions that destroy human life, as well as the systemic knee of our society that does not allow black and brown members of our human family to develop a just quality of life for all members of our family.  When a society fosters or ignores racism and discrimination we are not loving God our creator, who formed all of us..  

This systemic violence militates against the common good because it develops conditions that end up destroying human life and a just quality of life. 

We invite every human to speak in solidarity with our black and brown brothers and sisters and to work for justice and equality for all members of our common home.

In this difficult time The Bishops’ Committee on Black Catholics of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops offers this beautiful prayer:

Wake Me Up Lord
Wake me up Lord, so that the evil of racism
finds no home within me.
Keep watch over my heart Lord,
and remove from me any barriers to your grace,
that may oppress and offend my brothers and sisters.
Fill my spirit Lord, so that I may give
services of justice and peace.
Clear my mind Lord, and use it for your glory.
And finally, remind us Lord that you said,
“blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.”
Amen.