Commitment to Charity & Truth
June 4, 2020
Dear Resurrection Community,
We find ourselves surrounded in a world of conflict, angst and hurt. We want to reflect on the commitment we all hold dear to Charity and Truth. This is the motto that is etched in the heart of every member of our community. Every day we deepen our own commitment to the values of Charity and Truth. It is from this motto that we must ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do?”
We weep over the tragic death of our brother George Floyd. We weep with his family, with our brothers and sisters who mourn another life tragically and unjustly taken. We weep over the history of racism, persecution, and injustice which continues to hurt our brothers and sisters redeemed by the Blood of Christ. What does Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan tell us about our understanding and response to the death of George Floyd, or about who our neighbor is, or how we need to love one another?
We stand in solidarity with those who desire to speak, with those who want their stories to be heard, with those who have been historically marginalized and silenced. We support the right of all peoples to protest peacefully. We confirm what is taught by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Solidarity is an eminently Christian virtue” (CCC 1948). We acknowledge that passivity is a sin of omission and is a direct contraction to a Catholic worldview, which holds all forms of human life as sacred. We condemn violence, in every form. We exhort all people to dialogue, to profound listening, to prayer, to penance, and to Spirit led action in their families, communities, and society.
There are no limits, no exceptions, no restrictions to Charity and Truth. God’s charity and truth are unconditional and they apply to all of us. He loves us unconditionally so that the power of His love will transform our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh. God loves us to the very passion and death of His Son Jesus so that we in turn can love each other, forgive each other, respect each other so strongly that we are transformed and share in the risen life of Jesus.
We exhort all men and women of good will to not dismiss the true message of the many because of the sins of a few. We recognize and emphatically encourage social change at all levels of our society. We will continue to ask ourselves how do we build diverse communities? How do we become a school community for all to have a home? How do we form our young women to be advocates for those of us on the margins? We do not have all of the answers, mostly questions. If we turn to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, we shall indeed find the answers!
We remain yours in Charity and Truth,
Sr. Donna Marie Wolowicki, C.R.
Richard J. Piwowarski, Ph.D.