Sometime we just look forward to a holiday without really thinking of why we have this day free. I think that one of the great problems facing us today in our country is white supremacy. We can talk about racism but until we acknowledge that each of us live in a culture that has catered to white supremacy., we will continue to be racist. We grow up with it. Until we change, we are not going to have unity. We want to be a democracy, but we find it hard to accept everyone - we are all human beings and God loves each of us so let us act as brothers and sisters.
This is the weekend that the "Quad Area" meets each year and I really miss it. St. Louis, New Orleans, Grand Coteau, and Houston will be meeting by zoom this year and there are always RSCJs and Associates who join - we used to go from Miami and I always found the meeting life-giving as we tried to share in about 3 to 5 minutes what was most important in our life during the past year. I am sure this year will have people sharing on their experience of what is happening in our country and the experience of being rather isolated during this pandemic. We have all discovered Zoom and I feel our lives will never be the same. We are communicating with all the countries in the Philippine Region and beyond. I think we have discovered anew the value of silence and solitude. We also have grieved over the way people have been treated in our own country, especially I hope we have really learned that black lives do matter!