Friday, July 3, 2020

NCR - The duty of white Christians to dismantle the idolatry of racism by Kathy Lilla Cox

Washington Auxiliary Bishop Roy E. Campbell and a woman religious walk with others toward the National Museum of African American History and Culture June 8 during a peaceful protest following the death of George Floyd. (CNS/Bob Roller)
"Listen carefully, my child, to my instructions and attend to them with the ear of your heart. This is advice from one who loves you; welcome it and faithfully put it into practice. The labor of obedience will bring you back to God from whom you had drifted through the sloth of disobedience" (Rule of St. Benedict translation from The Rule of St. Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century, by Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister).
"Listen carefully … with the ear of the heart," means listening to the teaching of St. Benedict and of Scripture. Our instructions also come from listening more deeply to the people in our lives and communities as we talk, read their words or witness their stories in the news. Deep listening means attending to what people say, their emotions and what remains unspoken.

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