It’s a Prayer

It took awhile to dawn on me, but it finally did.  The Vigil for Justice at the College of the Holy Cross is a prayer.   It is many things — a public declaration of the many problems with reporting sexual assault at Holy Cross, mostly — and it is also a prayer.

I am a public school kid, the daughter of very deeply prayerful Catholic parents.  I went to Holy Cross and majored in philosophy and later got a graduate degree in ministry at another Jesuit place.  Many, many times in my life I have been asked to lead a public prayer service, a liturgical service, and I declined, because I am a public school kid.

So many times when I met with my spiritual guide (a Jesuit) he would tell me what I was doing was a prayer.   Praying isn’t only about words and images.   Prayer can be actions.

Today it just fell into place and became a lot clearer.   The Vigil for Justice at Holy Cross is many things, and it’s also a prayer.

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