March 23: Day by Day with Father Billo
TUESDAY OF THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
Eternal Rest Grant, O Lord, on those who lost their lives so senselessly and brutally in Atlanta.
DELAINA ASHLEY YAUN, 33
PAUL ANDRE MICHELS, 54
XIAOJIE TAN, 49
DAOYOU FENG, 44
ELCIAS R HERNANDEZ-ORTIZ, 30
SOON CHUNG PARK, 74
HYUN JUNG GRANT, 51
-from Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago
A recent study found that from 2019 to 2020 anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 150% – even while hate crimes in general dropped 7% over the same period. This is intolerable. We pray for all who suffer racist violence and hate speech. There can be no place for either in our society, and it is incumbent on all of us to resist language, culture and acts that denigrate Asian Americans and all people of color – because they have deadly consequences. We must be ever vigilant against words that inspire acts of hate – this responsibility is even greater for elected officials. When people make racist comments or jokes, it normalizes bigotry, reinforces racism and risks encouraging those who would commit hate crimes. It is incumbent on all Christians, all Americans, to resist subtle and overt acts of bigotry, to build up the common good through acts of love for all our neighbors, near and far.
Father Bill +