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Calling for a Conversation on Race

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

“If you have not talked to someone of a different race about race in the last 30 days, you are part of the problem.”     Former Senator Bill Bradley, DePauw University 1997

When Bill Bradley spoke at DePauw University, he chose to focus on “Beginning a Conversation About Race,” and stated that slavery was “our original sin” and race “an unresolved dilemma.”  Our “unresolved dilemma” continues with relentless tragedies, much rhetoric and little listening.  Former presidents and presidential candidates call for a national conversation on race.  This, of course, would be an important step toward understanding.

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Living in the Shadows

Blog by Sr. Rene Weeks, OP
Blog by Sr. Rene Weeks, OP

Our country’s immigration system is broken. In recent years all reasonable attempts to fix it have been turned aside. On June 23rd the divided Supreme Court prevented the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) that had been proposed by the current administration.

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A Tale of Two Cities

Blog by Associate Frank Martens, OPA
Blog by Associate Frank Martens, OPA

While our minds and hearts are focused on Orlando, we are not immune from crime and violence in our own communities.

I live in a Columbus, Ohio neighborhood with very little crime.  But Columbus is not immune from crime and violence. It occurs most often in low-income neighborhoods. So we have two cities, one safe and one not very safe.

“If you want peace, work for justice,” Pope Paul VI said.

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A Burning Bush Moment

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

Since the massacre in Orlando, tributes, memorial events, banners and rainbow flags have captured the attention of millions.  The Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower, bridges and buildings around the world have honored victims with multi-colored lights.  I do not want to minimize the heartfelt desire to show sympathy and support, but hope that our attention will also be captured by the need to address bigotry wherever it happens.

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Calling All Rational People

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

 We often hear the definition of insanity – “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.”  As we deal with yet another massacre in the United States, that line keeps coming to me.  There are common sense, responsible solutions to the ongoing social disease of gun violence.  Fifty people lost their lives and fifty-three people were seriously injured by a man in Orlando with an AR-15 assault weapon.  This was not a hunting weapon or a target shooting weapon, but one used to kill many people in a matter of seconds.  This weapon had a high capacity magazine that enables the firing of many rounds in a short time.

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