You are not alone.
May these resources be anchors of hope for you. May they help you cling to the Promises of God in these unsettling times. Know of my prayers for you and your communities.
Guided Prayer Reflections
- Triple Colloquy
- Annual Examen
- For a full list of Guided Reflections visit my soundcloud page.
Resources for Support:
COVID-19 and its effects have changed our lives. In addition, the issues of racism and racial justice have risen to the top of our collective consciousness. As people of faith, we are called to prayer and action. Many people are facing fear, unemployment, anger, and confusion. I am here with you through all of this, with resources and to be a constant reminder that God is always with us. God has not and will not abandon us. As our other securities in life change, let us remember that one thing that never changes is God’s presence in our lives. May these resources be anchors of hope for you. May they help you cling to the Promises of God in these unsettling times. Know of my prayers for you and your communities. If you have additional resources that I can include, please email us.
Racial Justice Resources
Stand Firm with an Open Heart Prayer
by Becky Eldredge
Download .pdf of prayer here.
Here are two prayers based on colloquies from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius that we can use in prayer.
- Triple Colloquy on Racism
- Colloquy with Crucified Christ: Discerning Our Response to Racism
***For a general guided triple colloquy, listen here.
More Ignatian Prayer Resources
- Justice in the Spiritual Exercises
- Contemplation on the Incarnation (Part of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure)
- Praying Through the Storms of Life
- 3-Minute Retreat: Seek Peace
- 3-Minute Retreat: Seeking Justice
- 3-Minute Retreat: On a Peace Mission
- An Examen for White Allies
- Examen – Journey of Racial Justice (Midwest Jesuits)
An Examine for Racial Justice – by To Go Forth – a blog from the USCCB, Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development – inspired by Pope Francis.
- Have I fully loved God and fully loved my neighbor as myself?
- Have I caused pain to others by my actions or my words that offended my brother or my sister?
- Have I done enough to inform myself about the sin of racism, its roots, and its historical and contemporary manifestations? Have I opened my heart to see how unequal access to economic opportunity, jobs, housing, and education on the basis of skin color, race, or ethnicity, has denied and continues to deny the equal dignity of others?
- Is there a root of racism within me that blurs my vision of who my neighbor is?
- Have I ever witnessed an occasion when someone “fell victim” to personal, institutional, systematic or social racism and I did or said nothing, leaving the victim to address their pain alone?
- Have I ever witnessed an occasion when someone “fell victim” to personal, institutional, systematic or social racism with me inflicting the pain, acting opposite of love of God and love of neighbor?
- Have I ever lifted up and aided a person who “fell victim” to personal, institutional, systematic or social racism and paid a price for extending mercy to the other? How did I react? Did my faith grow? Am I willing to grow even more in faith through my actions?
Litany for Racial Justice: A litany recited at the “Prayer Service for Racial Justice” by John Carroll University Campus Ministry on June 2, 2020
- Please respond: “You are a child of God.” See this link for full litany.
- Leader: We remember all who have been killed in senseless violence and we respond together
- Response: You are children of God
- An Invitation to Pray: Rosary for Racial Reconciliation, Fr. Josh Johnson, May 12, 2020 – Available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts
- Black Catholic History Rosary | U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Dr. Kirk P. Gaddy
Stations of the Cross
- Stations of the Cross: Lament for Racial Injustice | Anti-racism Implementation Team, Archdiocese of Chicago
- Stations of the Cross: Overcoming Racism from the USCCB
More Prayers & Prayer Collections
- Resources for Liturgy
- Prayers of the Faithful Against Racism from the USCCB
- Prayer Service for Racial Healing from the USCCB
- Prayers for Racial Justice and Reconciliation from Xavier University
Homilies, Reflections, & Podcasts
- Bishop Shelton Fabre Homily
- Fr Josh Johnson’s Homily – Trinity Sunday
- Fr Josh Johnson’s Special Epsiode: Healing the Racial Divide
- Just Another Day by Chika Anyanwu
- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letter on Racism, 1979: Read the full text here
- “The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015”. Diocese of Belleville, IL., Most Rev. Edward K. Braxton, 2015.
- USCCB Open Wide Our Hearts: A Pastoral Letter on Racism, 2018
Published November 2018: Read the Full Text hereAccess the Study Guide: Click here
Visit the USCCB Resource Page on Combatting Racism: Click here
- Catholic Social Teaching & Racism: Fred Kammer, S.J., Jesuit Social Research Institute
- Vatican official: Racism is ‘spiritual’ virus that must be wiped out By Junno Arocho Esteves – Catholic News Service, June 1, 2020
- Pope Francis on the Death of George Floyd and the Sin of Racism: General Audience [Full Text] – June 3, 2020
Saints and saints
- Black Saints
- Saints who fought racism Part 1 & Part 2
- Saints who worked for justice in ways as unique as each of them
- A liturgy in honor of St. Martin De Porres
- St. Peter Claver Prayer Service
- Servant of God Sister Thea Bowman, FSPA, a lifelong educator for racial justice, was invited to address the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1989. Her cause of canonization is before the Vatican. Watch her full address by clicking here.
- Thea Bowman: Faithful and Free
by Maurice J. Nutt (Liturgical Press, 2019)
A new biography of Sister Thea Bowman captures her as she was: an unapologetically African American woman and a religious sister who deeply loved God and the people to whom she ministered.
Articles & Resources
- Racism and the Gift of Sorrow by Becky Eldredge
- Anti-Racism for Beginners Guide
- Catholic Resources for Racial Justice 2020
- Faith in Action: Resources for Today’s Anti-Racist Catholic
- Combatting Racism from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Resources for Parishes
- Racial Justice from the Ignatian Solidarity Network
- Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Death Penalty study guide on Just Mercy
- JustFaith: Faith & Racial Equity
Children & Families
- Everyone Belongs: A Catholic Book for Kids based on the USCCB Statement Against Racism
- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has assembled faith-based resources arranged by grade level and topic. You can view their age-specific materials by clicking here.
- Children’s Prayers
We Are All in God’s Image | en Español
Thank You for Creating the Children of the World (Photo Slides) | en Español
General Spiritual Support Resources in COVID-19 Times
Guided Audio Prayer Reflections
Let Becky guide you in prayer. More audio reflections are available on Soundcloud.com/beldredge98.
Resources on Hope
More from Becky:
The Inner Chapel
- My new book, The Inner Chapel, is now available in paperback, audiobook, and Kindle!
- Read more about The Inner Chapel here.
- FREE resources for you: From a discussion guide to prayer resources like videos and audio reflections, we want to help The Inner Chapel come alive for you and your group.
- Book Launch swag & bundles
Printable Prayer Cards
Practical Prayer Guides (Printable, .PDF)
COVID-19 Response - Wisdom & Resources
- Ignatian Wisdom for COVID-19 from the Irish Jesuits
- Coronavirus Response Examen and Lesson
- A Meditation for the Anxious during COVID-19
- COVID-19 Resources from NFCYM
- Fr. Jim Martin, SJ Podcast: Ignatian Spirituality Can Guide Us in the Storm
- How to Use Technology for Apostolic Work from the Canadian Jesuits
- Screens as a Support to Stillness
- Free & Low Fee Counseling for those on the front lines of COVID-19
Overwhelmed No More: ONLINE RETREAT
How do I go deeper when the chaos competes for my attention?
How do I settle my scattered mind and hold on to the promises of God during this time?
I spent the last few years praying and asking God to help me answer these questions even before the pandemic began! This past fall, I created a six-week online retreat to help people create space to intentionally pause, pray, discern, and embrace a path of abundant hope, peace, and purpose. You can join the self-paced retreat at anytime. More information here.
Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the book Busy Lives and Restless Souls, published in March 2017 by Loyola Press. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.
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