God is love and everyone is entitled to love.
by Sister Gail Borgmeyer
Provincial Superior, Sisters of the Pallottine Missionary Society Queen of the Apostles Province
How can you live in St. Louis and not be touched by what is happening? And how can you remain unchanged or indifferent?
At first it was about an 18-year old who made bad choices and a police officer whose judgment to use lethal force will never be understood. The anger that followed was unfathomable to most white people. How do any of us understand such anger if we have not had to just take the injustices and swallow the bitterness?
On August 9, the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, I prayed in the Pallottine Renewal Center chapel where I have prayed for over 30 years, mostly among whites like myself. Folks gathered from across North County to pray for peace and justice and to listen to Sr. Antona Ebo, a civil right’s activist who marched in Selma.
In front of the altar of sacrifice, 118 candles burned for each person murdered in St. Louis since January. I can’t recall what was said or much of what we prayed. I do remember looking into the eyes of those seated around me. The prayer that my own heart carried was that God is a just God and everyone is entitled to justice. God is love and everyone is entitled to love. God is one and we are all one in God.
What is left today are hope and sadness. Hope that each generation will bring us closer to living in truth, in love and in justice. Sadness that in reality, we are not yet there. Sadness that I am living with a poverty of knowledge, never really knowing the pain and scars of my brothers and sisters.