Walk with two feet;
love of God and love of all that God loves.
June 4, 2020
We pray with Pope Francis during these days of Pentecost that the Holy Spirit is moving to give us the strength to stay the course and work for lasting change. Like those first disciples, St. Catherine of Siena heard Christ calling her to embody the Truth of Love in her world: “I need you to walk with two feet; love of God and love of all that God loves.” We, too, are called to be the Truth of Love for our world.
St. Catherine’s passionate commitment to prayer, peace and justice and her love of the Church are important qualities that we can imitate. In her letters to both Church and world leaders, we see and feel her desire to unify the Church and bring peace to Italy, which, at that time was in turmoil. Her letters are as relevant today as ever, validating the universal appeal of her wisdom.
St. Catherine is a model for women (and men) today. She was deeply faithful to God, which allowed her to challenge unjust structures in Church and society, and she was committed to serving the poor and vulnerable. We recently celebrated her Feast Day (April 29). May we live her words calling us to be advocates for peace and justice rooted in prayer, “Speak as if you had a million voices; it is silence that kills the world.” St. Catherine wants people inflamed with “blazing charity” and to see people be who God made them to be.
“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form. At the same time, we have to recognize that violence is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost. Let us pray for reconciliation and peace… May our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, intercede for all those who work for peace and justice in your land and throughout the world.” – Pope Francis (June 3, 2020)
As Pope Francis reminded us yesterday, we cannot turn a blind eye.
Let us Pray: God of justice, give us the courage to admit our sins and failings. Give us the freedom to seek your mercy and reconciliation with our brothers and sisters. And give us the strength to continue crying out to you for the healing of our nation until it fulfills its commitment to recognize that you have created all people equal.