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Our Lady of the Rosary Novena
Day Nine, October 7

Today’s Topic: Racism

Intercession: For an end to racism and for a culture which views men and women by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: In their November 2018 Pastoral Letter Against Racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, the U.S. Catholic bishops wrote, “racism occurs because a person ignores the fundamental truth that … all [humans are] equally made in the image of God.” Racism fails to acknowledge the dignity with which God creates each person, and it contributes to a culture of death. The Church in the United States has spoken out consistently against abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, the death penalty, and other threats to human life; it is not a secret that these attacks have severely affected people of color. These brothers and sisters are targeted for abortion, disproportionally affected by poverty, have the greatest numbers on death row, and are most likely to feel pressure to end their lives through assisted suicide when facing serious illness.

As St. John Paul II reminded us, “Where life is involved, the service of charity must be profoundly consistent. It cannot tolerate bias and discrimination, for human life is sacred and inviolable at every stage and in every situation; it is an indivisible good” (Evanglium vitae).

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • Go out of your way this Sunday in church to greet someone you do not know or have never seen before.

  • Read Pope Saint John Paul II’s Evangelium vitae (https://bit.ly/1AHf2fZ).

  • Reflect about your own views on race. What are your views on race predominantly shaped by? Do you have any bias against certain races?

One Step Further: Check out these parish resources (http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/parish-resources-on-racism.cfm) on combating racism. Contact Ellen Jones, Coordinator for the Office of Black Catholic Ministry in the Department of Discipleship and Family Life to see how you can help create a Church that is open and welcoming to people of all backgrounds at: ejones@toledodiocese.org or 419-214-4977.

Excerpted and adapted from Word of Life, copyright © 2019, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.