Letter from Father Bob

Friday, June 26, 2020

 “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.”  -St. Teresa of Calcutta

“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”  – Pope Francis, June 3, 2020

Dear Blessed Trinity Community,

These last several weeks have been quite unsettling with the news of recent racial injustices, social unrest, and the widespread suffering it has shown to us all.  

Around the world, brothers and sisters in our Black community are crying out saying they have not been seen or heard. More than ever, it is clear that our nation’s laws and policies have not yet achieved justice or equal protection under the law for all people.

For those who seek to act justly, the ongoing reality of racism is troubling and now more than ever, demands our attention.   We are called to recognize the effects of racism in ourselves, our country, and our school if we are to begin to undo it.

Many of you have recently reached out to us sharing your experiences, concerns, and interest in learning what Blessed Trinity High School is doing to combat racial injustice.  We welcome your feedback and recognize we can do more.  We assure you of our desire to work together (faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, clergy) to provide the best formation we can for our students, faculty and staff, and to provide an ever greater environment of respect, awareness, and love for one another.

As is stated in the 2018 USCCB Pastoral Letter, Open Wide Your Hearts: 

Racism arises when—either consciously or unconsciously—a person holds that his or her own race or ethnicity is superior […] When this conviction or attitude leads individuals or groups to exclude, ridicule, mistreat, or unjustly discriminate against persons on the basis of their race or ethnicity, it is sinful. (USCCB Pastoral Letter, Open Wide Your Hearts, 2018).

We must contend with racism wherever it is found, always keeping in mind the words of St. Paul in the twelfth chapter of the Letter to the Romans: “Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection… Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Be assured that Blessed Trinity Catholic High School opposes all forms of racism and vigorously proclaims the dignity and value of each and every human life, grounded in our unyielding conviction that all persons are made in the image and likeness of God, and consequently, should be loved accordingly without exception.  We recognize and welcome the contributions of all races and cultures.

We pray that we might all be more receptive to the Holy Trinity working to transform us, heal us, inspire us so that we can be instruments of Spirit-driven social change that rejects hatred, violence, racism and blindness and embraces the love and peace of Jesus Christ.  Our faith calls us both to personal conversion and to transformation of our society.

Holy Scripture teaches us that “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead” (James 2:17). We join others around our country and community in praying for an end to racism, but we also know that prayer itself will not solve these deep-rooted issues. We have an obligation to be proactive. 

And so, during this time of immense challenge, let us work together to be light and leaven facilitating education, healing, connection, support, and service to each other and to the greater community.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Bob Frederick,