March 5: Fasting from White Supremacy and Racism

Updated: Apr 1

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

March 5, 2021

Last Friday, I reflected on fasting and abstaining from microaggressions, and I mentioned whiteness as a culturally-defined norm. This “norm” is what I want to reflect on this week as it relates to white supremacy and racism, specifically in the Church.

When we view the Church from a European-centric understanding, we are denying that the Church is the whole People of God. Sister Thea Bowman, FSPA spoke to the American bishops in 1989 and stressed that Black Catholics bring their whole history, traditions, and culture to the Church. How do I practice white supremacy and racism in the Church? When only European cultural worship styles are valued. When I insist on worshipping as “we have always done.” When contributions to the Church by BIPOC sisters and brothers are disregarded. When I fail to see the beauty and value of other expressions of praise, worship, and prayer.

Dear God, help us to recognize the valuable contributions offered by our BIPOC sisters and brothers to your Church, and help us to see them as faithful children of the Father equal to anyone in your Kingdom. 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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