By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager
This week’s “Embracing Faith” article will focus on Embracing Faith through Reflection.
“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.” -Isaiah 1:17
Over the past two months, there have been a tremendous amount of rallies and demonstrations around the United States that have unified thousands of people of different backgrounds.
Women Religious have had an active presence at several of these events to advocate and show their support for much-needed change.
Sr. Dorothy Maxwell, OP, a Sister of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York, participated in a Juneteenth Rally in North Rockland that consisted of a two-mile march followed by several empowering speeches by community activists.
Since then, Sr. Dorothy reflected on her experience at the Juneteenth Rally, as well as the reason why she marches.
“The spirit of Catherine of Siena, a fearless Dominican Saint, empowered me to participate in this rally and march. As she was out comforting the people infected by the plague during her lifetime, I felt that my safety would not take priority over the injustices that are currently taking place in our society. In the heat of the summer, I was proud to join with people of many generations and different backgrounds. I felt everyone’s passion about the various reasons why we all chose to attend this Juneteenth Rally.
After marching for two miles on Route 9W, the group listened to inspiring speeches that made me internalize and reflect on my need to follow up and advocate for change to address the injustices that have taken place over the years.
This Juneteenth Rally made me remember why I march and why I advocate for those who are oppressed. I hope to participate in more events and show my solidarity for those who are in need.
As Women Religious and Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, we have to be a voice for the voiceless and continue to educate ourselves, as well as advocate, so injustices will not continue to be a part of our everyday lives.”