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June 3 - Simple Truths, Uneasy Times

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

There's a difference between simple and easy. A marathon is simple: run 26.2 miles. But it's not easy. I make this distinction on my way to writing about the killing of George Floyd, the peaceful protests, and the riots. I realize that I might be rushing in where angels fear to tread. But this is not an easy time and we need to remember simple truths to guide us. 

First, justice for George Floyd. Those responsible for his death should be prosecuted according to the law, plain and simple. No one is above the law. Everyone deserves protection of the law. 

Second, peaceful demonstrations. One of our nation's noblest principles is the right to assemble and protest peacefully. One of our nation's noblest moments was the nonviolent civil rights movement. There needs to be room for that to continue. 

Third, the state's duty to maintain order. On the most basic level the state exists to guard the lives and property of its citizens. Its failure to do so hurts the poor most of all. The wealthy have resources to recoup their losses. When the poor lose what little they have, they lose everything. 

These are simple truths. How they fit together and lead to a resolution is not easy to figure out. How we untangle the last nine days to apply these principles is not easy. But any way forward and any discussion on the topic has to keep to these three simple truths. 

The simplest truth: prayer. It is a bitter irony that the current division erupted so near the feast of Pentecost, when we celebrate the unity that God establishes among the nations. But perhaps we can see it also as instructional, a reminder that true unity comes from Him Who transcends all earthly divisions. True unity comes from the Spirit, Who is the union of the Father and the Son. 

On Pentecost, diverse people from all nations heard the Gospel proclaimed in their own languages. That miracle proclaimed an end to the division of Babel and signaled the unity God intended for us from the beginning. This is one reason we consider racism sinful: it rejects the unity that God intends and proclaims certain races or colors unworthy of it. 

It is because of the Spirit that Saint Paul writes, There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. The Spirit's gift of unity was an answer to prayer. My dear friends, pray the rosary daily for this unity and peace. 

 

Masses this Sunday
As we continue in Phase 1 of reopening, we have a full schedule of Sunday Masses. To attend Mass this Sunday, I ask you please to fill out and submit this form.

The cutoff for registration is 4:00pm on Friday, June 5. The registration list will be published on Friday evening via Constant Contact and our website. 

Please note that this is a registration system. The purpose is not to leave out anyone who wishes to attend Mass but simply to regulate how many people attend each Mass so as not to exceed the capacity at any one Mass.

The church will remain open all day for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Our regularly scheduled 5:00pm Holy Hour will resume. 

Through the intercession of our Lady and Saint Joseph, may the Lord bless and keep you.

Sincerely in Christ, 

Fr. Scalia 

 

 

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