Come Holy Spirit! - Fr. Tom Hurley 1.10.21
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After our nation’s capital was overrun by an unruly mob and the 117th U.S. Congress was criminally interrupted on January 6th, Fr. Bryan Massingale, the Old St. Pat's Crossroads Lecture Series Speaker last August, wrote the following: 

St. Pope John Paul II declared, “Truth is the mother, basis, and foundation of justice.” What we saw today is the consequence when truth is ignored, trampled and dismissed, and when lies are repeated, winked at or cynically embraced. We cannot have justice when charade passes for reality, when racist delusion is passed by in silence, when political cynicism passes for public service. - Fr. Bryan Massingale

Fr. Massingale is a professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University in New York and the author of Racial Justice and the Catholic Church (Orbis, 2010).

As we at Old St. Pat's consider last week’s events and the state of our country, let us reflect on the spirit of Christ’s Gospels and how we are called to individually and communally respond to them.  In today’s episode, Father Tom Hurley prays that the holy spirit comes and opens our eyes to help us be healers of our nation.

We also invite you to take a moment to pray this prayer for Mercy composed by Director of Ministries, Keara Ette:

For all the ways that Christianity and Catholicism have been complicit in this evil ... Lord, have mercy.
For the ways in which the Christian and Catholic communities have failed to courageously seek transformation ... Christ, have mercy.
For the ways in which we will, even with sincere hearts and intentions, make mistakes in the work that is ahead of us ... Lord, have mercy.
May the God who inexplicably offers mercy to a people who keep hurting one another, forgetting they belong to one another ...
May that God not give up on us and keep sending the Spirit to renew the face of our nation and our world. Amen.

To read Fr. Massingale’s complete article in America Magazine: The Jesuit Review please visit:

To watch, How to make spiritual sense of the attack on the Capitol; Behind the Story, A Conversation with Fr. Bryan Massingale, please visit:

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