Honoring the Life and Legacy of RBG

By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager


This week’s “Embracing Faith” article will focus on Embracing Faith through Reflection.

“God is close to the brokenhearted; God rescues

those whose spirits are crushed.” -Psalm 34:18

On Friday, the world learned the sad news of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

At the age of 87, with 27 years of the years on the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg, known to the world as RBG, passed away from complications of pancreatic cancer.

Women worldwide viewed RBG as an icon, and she was a hero for those passionate about social justice advocacy.

When Sr. Dorothy Maxwell, OP, a Sister of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York, heard about RBG’s passing, she was “devastated” and joined others in the community to honor the life and legacy.

Sr. Dorothy shared her experience from over the weekend, as well as reflected on what the life and legacy of RBG meant to her.

Sisters Noreen Walsh and Dorothy Maxwell join others to mourn the passing of Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“The world has lost a woman of integrity, who used her remarkable intelligence and ethical principals to practice her profession to fulfill her duties as a member of the Supreme Court. She certainly was a trailblazer for women’s rights.

I admired that she didn’t retire at her ‘retirement age.’ She lived a full life, dying when she still worked. I hope that her life and legacy inspires others to do the same.

On Saturday morning, I found out about an opportunity to remember and honor RBG at the Rockland County Courthouse, and I had to go. It was a very silent and respectful vigil. People were standing around a memorial with candles, her picture, and posters with messages of gratitude on it. It was similar to the mood of people sitting shiva.

It was great to be partaking in a nationwide observance honoring her life.

When thinking about the legacy of RBG, she has inspired me to carry on and be active like she did, for as long as I can, and continue to be an advocate.”

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