Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Minister, Civil Rights Activist
The Religious of the Sacred Heart stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Charlottesville, Virginia, who are experiencing grief, sadness and anger with the abhorrent act of violence on August 12, 2017. We especially hold in our prayers the families and friends of the victims: Heather Heyer, Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M. Bates.
We are reminded, once again, of growing intolerance and violence in all forms throughout our nation and world. While this weekend’s events have drawn the attention of the media and concerned citizens, we also acknowledge the need to stand against pervasive institutionalized structural racism.
As Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we believe in the power of love and open dialogue in the struggle for justice and peace. Moreover, we believe there is no place for rhetoric that perpetuates hatred or fails to stand clearly against it.
May this experience call us all, each one, to reflect on our lives and the ways in which we contribute to a culture of hatred and intolerance, in both subtle and overt ways.
May God grant us unwavering faith, constant hope and love that endures.