November 5, 2017

Friends,

People always ask me how I always come up with something to write in the Pastor’s Column. At times it comes to me automatically because of issues in the world, the church or my own life. Other times it is the result of something I have read or learned that gets me excited about the possibility of sharing it with you. I never write about things I don’t believe and I try not to be too controversial in my musings.

To be honest with you, right now I am trying to figure out where I am going with this article.

I am reading a wonderful book by Ta-Nehisi Coates titled We Were Eight Years in Power; An American Tragedy, about the impact the presidency of Barack Obama has on our country today. The book is about racial divide in our own country and what contributes to its continuation. At one point he quotes Barack Obama in 2008, “When our laws, our leaders or our government are out of alignment with our ideals, then the dissent of ordinary Americans may prove to be one of the truest expressions of patriotism.”

It is in our lifetime that we have seen the emergence of the ordinary citizen. My awareness of the power of protest began during the Civil Rights marches in the 1960’s and the anti-Vietnam demonstrations, also during the 1960’s. We also saw unrest on our college campuses during that era. I was not an activist during those days, but I remember the unrest and the fear of where these protests would take us. I still have not actively participated in any marches that champion a cause, but I truly admire those who take to the streets and raise awareness about perceived injustices. During our lifetime we have also witnessed massive anti-abortion rallies and so many “walks”  to raise money and bring attention to causes such as Breast Cancer, Alzheimer's and World Hunger. There is no doubt that the human Spirit is indomitable. Humanity is created by God and we have been given the desire and determination to make this world into a paradise. It is a challenging endeavor and it has to begin somewhere. As Margaret Meade said so poignantly “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful ,committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that has.”

I am proud to be a member of the human race and my prayer is that each of us has the same opportunities.

Enjoy Life!
Fr Coyne

 

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