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A Day of Fasting and Prayer for Healing the Wounds of Racism

Posted 8/31/2020

In their 2018 November Pastoral Letter Against Racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, the U.S. Catholic Bishops wrote...

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In their 2018 November Pastoral Letter Against Racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, the U.S. Catholic Bishops wrote, “Racism occurs because a person ignores the fundamental truth that … all (humans are) equally made in the image of God.” (p. 4) Racism fails to acknowledge the dignity with which God creates each person and it contributes to a culture of death.

Since the Civil Rights Movement in our nation, the country has moved forward in many positive ways past racial discrimination. Nevertheless, the nation still has a long way to go to reach reconciliation on race, as evident by the nightly news and recent events in our nation enflamed by the murder of George Floyd and the tragic aftermath fomented by some rekindling hatred and violence.

Therefore, Bishop Daniel Thomas has invited the Diocese of Toledo to observe a day of prayer and fasting for healing the wounds of racism, to promote the dignity of every person on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The day will culminate in an hour of Eucharistic Adoration. We invite you to celebrate virtually at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas More University Parish in Bowling Green, OH.

As we continue to work for a culture of life, which respects every human person: black, white, brown, born, and unborn, let us not waver in pronouncing and praying for the dignity of every one on the human family who bears the image of our Creator.

 

Peter Range,
Director, Office for Life and Justice
prange@toledodiocese.org
419-214-4933