March 19: Fasting from White Supremacy and Racism

Updated: Apr 1

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

March 19, 2021

The fourth element of white supremacy and racism I want to reflect on is the (incorrect) notion that if my intentions are good, then I am not racist. Looking solely at intentions, without understanding the consequences of our actions, allows us to claim that we are not racist, even if the effects of our words and/or actions are not experienced as harmless by our BIPOC* sisters and brothers.

We live in a culture of white supremacy, and unless we do the anti-racism work, we will not truly understand how our words and/or actions harm others. How do we undo what we have been taught since we were infants?

Read the works of anti-racist authors, Black Catholic commentators, and others. Practice the daily examen, specifically reflecting on how we have treated our BIPOC sisters and brothers. Meet with other like-minded white people (it is not up to BIPOC people to do the work for us) and learn how to be anti-racist.

Dear God, we need your help to swim against the culture of white supremacy, so that all of your children can flourish in your Kingdom here on earth and in the world to come. Help us to strengthen our relationship with your Son this Lent as we journey toward healing.

These reflections are meant to challenge us on our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.

* Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

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