Solidarity news and reflections of interest to the Passionist Family
Fr. Jack Conley CP has been a member of the team that is facilitating the Fall series, Waking Up: Conversations about Race with the Passionist Community. The team, which also includes Lissa Romell and David Horvath, has been using a circle model of conversation, stressing storytelling and deep listening as we describe our own experiences and struggles to move forward. Fr. Jack recently delivered a homily in his community where he "took a chance" to speak of how we can fail to learn when we avert our eyes.
"I am embarrassed — ashamed, to admit that I never heard story
(and I grew up in Chicago)
(Maybe it was simply succumbing to the temptation
to avert one’s eyes)
But I never heard the story of Emmett Till
until six years ago
When Laquan McDonald, 17-year-old African American
killed in Chicago on October 20, 2014
While McDonald was slowly walking away
the police officer unloaded 16 bullets into the youth,
most of them as he lay on the ground
We don’t need to demonize, nor bludgeon each other with guilt,
but we do need to enter into a crucial conversation, we need to talk about it,
because it’s pretty clear we have not talked about racism in the past.
Read Fr. Jack's full homily here.
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