A Call to Contemplation & Social Action
Slowly ponder these messages of encouragement, hope, and call to action. Seek how the Divine is inviting you to action at this time.
“We shall overcome, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)
“Systems of oppression are in fact the resistance. To attempt to combat oppression ought to be the norm. Because surely most people prefer that which is just and loving.” (Sister Alison McCrary in Spiritual Director’s Webinar series, Social Justice and Spiritual Direction.)
“The theology of love must seek to deal realistically with the evil and injustice in the world, and not merely to compromise with them.” (Thomas Merton in Faith and Violence: Christian Teaching & Christian Practice.)
“Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage. Anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain that way. (Augustine of Hippo quoted in Spirituality of Liberation.)
“Justice is inseparable from charity and intrinsic to it.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has and it never will.” (Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist Leader.)
“The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” (Audre Lorde, Civil Rights Activist.)
“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.
Do justly now.
Love mercy now.
Walk humbly now.
You are not obligated to complete the work,
But neither are you free to abandon it.”
Am I swimming in an ocean of privilege that I am not even aware of? How do I steward these privileges to help others?
How do I hold both pain and joy together? Both patience and commitment?
What is mine to do? Who am I called to help now? What impassions me? What is the best use of me? How am I called, gifted, and positioned now?
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