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Who Is My Neighbor?

The George Zimmerman trial is finally over. Zimmerman has been acquitted and he is a free man. While he and his family are certainly relieved, I clearly see a lack of any triumphalism on the media or elsewhere. The reason is simple. A life has been lost. Trayvon Martin is dead. Death in any circumstance is a tragedy. The jury delivered it verdict on 13th July, 2013, a Saturday. The gospel reading for the 15th Sunday was the story of the Good Samaritan. Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan in the context of …

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A Mother of Sons

As the mother of sons the death of Trayvon Martin has drenched both my soul and spirit in an unending sorrow. Unlike the president, who stated “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.” My sons do look like Trayvon at different stages of his life. My two older sons, both of whom have college degrees look like Trayvon’s now non-existent future.  Trayvon quite possibly had a driver’s license which my youngest teenage son is greatly anticipating.  Both would have high hopes of proms and high school graduation. I am confused when I …

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I woke up this Saturday morning conflicted about justice in our world, in these United States and in the Catholic Church.  There were two major factors for my confliction: 1] The shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida; 2] and the keynote address by Rev. Monsignor C. Eugene Morris at the Athenaeum of Ohio. These events addressed either the issue of injustice in our society or the injustice in our Church.  They invite us to delve into the disparity of justice and its lasting effect upon the people of color even to this day. …

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