Church of the Precious Blood - Monmouth Beach, NJ

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In the past weeks there has been a showing of a documentary about the Roosevelts, Theodore and Franklin, on PBS. It has been a fascinating story of these two families and their relationships. The other night the segment focused on the second term of Franklin Roosevelt in the mid-late thirties. In the midst of this volatile time in our country the story recounts the occurrence of Kristalnacht, the night of breaking glass in Germany, on November 9, 1938.  Kristallnacht owes its name to the shards of shattered glass that lined German streets in the wake of the pogrom against Jews—broken glass from the windows of synagogues, homes, and Jewish-owned businesses plundered and destroyed during the violence. The Roosevelt documentary reports that for many in the US that night was ignored, dismissed. It was something that was happening so far away. What did it matter to us with our problems and concerns? We, as a country, were centered only on our own well-being.

On Friday, August 11, 2017, the night before the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, a group of anti-racism activists held a prayer vigil in a church on the campus of the University of Virginia. As they prayed hundreds of mostly white men carrying tiki torches marched towards the church  shouting slogans such as “Blood and soil”.

“Blood and Soil” was a slogan that was used in the 1930’s as the Nazis gained power in Germany and began their terror mainly against Jews but, in fact, against anyone group that did not exhibit what they deemed Arian purity. This hatred, this vile call to violence is not a half a world away but here close to us – near to where our children go to school and where many family members live.

Bishop Chaput of Philadelphia referred to what happened in Charlottesville, this illustration of racism as the “poison of our soul”.

“It’s the ugly, original sin of our country, an illness that has never fully healed. Blending it with the Nazi salute, the relic of a regime that murdered millions, compounds the obscenity,” Chaput wrote. According to Chaput, what happened in Charlottesville is a snapshot of “our public unraveling into real hatreds brutally expressed.”

Building a different kind of country in the future, he said, will require a conversion of hearts. That might sound simple, the archbishop wrote. “But the history of our nation and its tortured attitudes toward race proves exactly the opposite.”

This is another time –we had, indeed, had too many times- for us as a country, indeed we as a community, to look within ourselves for signs of that which divides, that which denies our common sisterhood and brotherhood, that which goes contrary to the basic teachings of the Gospel.

Let us each day pray that we might move forward as a people to the ideals on which our country was focused upon its establishment – liberty, freedom, justice, peace for all.

 

Fr. Bob

 

 

 

 


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article49093985.html#storylink=cpy

 
 

 

 

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