Good Shepherd Gathers - PRAY (Adults)
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Live In Peace
Our theme this week is Live in Peace, a message that is desperately needed in our world today. Before we can address an issue like Racism, we must take the necessary steps to LISTEN and to EDUCATE ourselves so that we may act and speak from a position of prayer and understanding, not from a place of emotion and ignorance.
Take time this week to read some of the many resources (being careful to research their authenticity) on this topic and pray as a family for the many who are suffering from the effects of racism and violence.
We also encourage you to participate in this week's Community Activity - Pray for Peace:
Excellent resources are available on the website of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Read this powerful Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President on George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities.
Message from Pope Francis on Death of George Floyd (June 3, 2020)
Dear brothers and sisters in the United States,
I have witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest in your nation in these past days, following the tragic death of Mr George Floyd. My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life. At the same time, we have to recognize that “the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.” Today I join the Church in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and in the entire United States, in praying for the repose of the soul of George Floyd and of all those others who have lost their lives as a result of the sin of racism. Let us pray for the consolation of their grieving families and friends and let us implore the national reconciliation and peace for which we yearn.
May Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, intercede for all those who work for peace and justice in your land and throughout the world.
May God bless all of you and your families.