Today, we pray about silence, but not in terms of the kind that leads to deep prayer. The silence we contemplate today is the silence of omission. We remember the times we could have stood up for what is right, or for a person, but we did not. We have our myriad of reasons: fear, embarrassment, lack of speed, ignorance, etc. But the fact remains, our silence allows acts of violence and injustice to happen. We remember our silence, and our ommission. And we pray for the grace of courage to commit, to be more bold, to stand up for justice.

leonard peltier
“prison writings: my life is my sun dance”

Silence, they say, is the voice of complicity.
But silence is impossible.
Silence screams.
Silence is a message,
just as doing nothing is an act.

Let who you are ring out and resonate
in every word and every deed.
Yes, become who you are.
There’s no sidestepping your own being
or your own responsibility.

What you do is who you are.
You are your own comeuppance.
You become your own message.

You are the message.

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