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.