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The Center for Faith & Justice

The tradition of Christian spirituality known as "Salesian" refers to the legacy of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal and their spiritual heirs. At DeSales University, we celebrate this legacy with reference to the people whose holiness is recognized by the Church.

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Featured Event
A special prayer service where students and staff offer prayers, proclaim the Word of God, and lead a protracted moment of silence in honor of those who have died from racial injustice.
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hello my name is Father Kevin Nadolski and I work here at DeSales as the vice
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president for mission we're delighted that you're joining us here for the
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prayer for racial justice I work very closely with Jaime Gerhart director of
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service and Father Dan Lannen the University chaplain in the Center for
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Faith and Justice and that Center is hosting this prayer service and we're
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grateful that you're joining us to give praise and thanks to our God for the
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blessings of our lives in addition to that to offer to God our need for his
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intercession so that we can have healing in our nation and in our University
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community throughout the prayer you're going to experience a few things that
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you're very familiar with from the general intercessions to hearing the
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Word of God but there will also be a time of protracted silence in honor of
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those who have died at the hands of racial injustice here in America
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and so during that time when Father Dan Lannen is is kneeling you may see some
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images that are familiar to you but it is also a time for us to call to heart
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in mind the many women and men and young people who have died merely because of
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the color of their skin so let us pray to God but that won't ever happen again
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thanks for joining us for this prayer. Oh God who have revealed that peacemakers
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are called to be your children grant we pray that we may work without ceasing to
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establish that justice which alone ensures true and lasting peace that we
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may end all racisms that exist that we may see that we have not answered the
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call to make the reign of God here on earth through our Lord Jesus Christ your
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Son who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God for
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ever and ever amen what we would like to do is change the
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world make it a little simpler for people to feed cloth and shelter
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themselves as God intended for them to do we came to a certain extent change
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the world we can work for the oases the little cell of joy and peace in a
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harried world we can throw our pebble into the pond and be confident that it's
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ever-widening circle will reach around the world we repeat there is nothing
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that we can do but love and dear God please enlarge our hearts to love each
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other to love our neighbor to love our enemy as well as our friend. Canticle of
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Isaiah and a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace in
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the days to come the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the
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highest mountain and raised above the hills all nations shall stream toward it
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many people shall come and say come let us climb the Lord's mountain to the
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house of the God of Jacob that he may instruct us in his ways and we may walk
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in his paths he shall judge between the nations and impose terms on many
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peoples they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into
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pruning hooks one mention shall not raise the sword against another nor
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shall they train for war again oh house of Jacob come let us walk in the light
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of the Lord a reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
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from noon until 3:00 in the afternoon darkness came came over all the land
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about 3:00 in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice "Eli, Eli, lemasabachthani?"
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which means "my God my God why have you forsaken me?" and when Jesus has cried
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out again in a loud voice he gave up his spirit
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(8 minutes of silence)
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(music intro)
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I was born by the river in a little tent and oh just like the river I've been
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running ever since it's been a long a long time coming but I know change is
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gonna come oh yes it will
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it's been too hard living but I'm afraid to die cuz I'm not something behind the
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sky it's been a long long time coming but I know change is gonna come
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oh yes we now go to the movies and I go down somebody keeps telling me don't
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hang around it's been a long a long time coming but
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I know change is gonna come oh yes we then I go to my brother and I
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say brother help me please
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well he wander not in me medical my knees maybe the time I go to carry on
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it's been a long long time coming but no change is gonna come yes. the struggle
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must go on the struggle to make the opportunity for a building to begin the
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struggle will go on I speak humbly and without levity when I say that God
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giving me strength and courage enough I shall die if need be for this cause but
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I will not die until I have seen the building begin
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Mayibuye i Afrika! come Africa come. a reading from Rutilio Grande martyr of
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El Salvador I'm quite aware that very soon the Bible and the gospel won't be
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allowed to cross the borders will get only the bindings because all the pages
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are subversive and if I think that Jesus himself came across the border a child
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today go they would not let him in it would accuse the man God the prototype
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of men of being a rabble rouser a foreign Jew of one who confused the
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people with exotic and foreign ideas against democracy that is against the
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wealthy minority the clan of chains brothers without any doubt they would
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crucify him again and God forbid that I be one of the crucifiers!
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the church's task is not simple to bind the wounds of the victim beneath the
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wheel but also to put a spoke in the wheel itself. a lot of people are waiting
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for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back but they're gone we are it
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it is up to us it is up to you. (Oggi - Today in Italian) Today I joined the church in St.
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Paul and Minneapolis and in the entire United States in praying for the repose
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of the soul of George Floyd and of all those others who have lost their lives
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as a result of the sin of racism let us pray for the consolation of their
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grieving families and friends and let us implore the national reconciliation and
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peace for which we yearn we now present to God our prayers as one people all
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created by God for healing immunity in our nation for an end to the evil of
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racism for insight and understanding especially among people in our white
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community of the impact of racism its origins in its pervasive power for
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justice and equity and our social church governmental and educational systems for
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our sisters and brothers in the black community and for all people of color we
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pray to the Lord for a deepening of understanding
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civility and peace especially among peoples who speak languages of pain by
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the Holy Spirit touch our hearts and minds so our tongues can no longer speak
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the language of racism injustice exclusion violence ignorant greed
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jealousy gossip and hatred we pray to the Lord for the safety and stamina of
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all health care providers during this pandemic and for those who protect our
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streets and communities during times of strife and violence we also ask God to
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watch over those janitors who clean hospitals and nursing homes and those
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who work in retail provided miss groceries or other necessities we pray
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to the Lord for those struggling with a difficulty
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that makes them feel lonely afraid shame or fear that they will accept the Holy
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Spirit's believing fresh life into their lives to renew and lift them to claim a
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name a grace that energizes their journeys we pray to the Lord
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for those who have died or will died during the crisis including those who
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have died alone we pray for all families who may not be able to celebrate their
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loved ones life with the fullness of a funeral that gathers family friends and
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beloved community members in a special way we remembered the deceased alumni of
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our Allentown College in DeSales University we pray to the Lord our
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Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come thy will be done
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on earth as it is in heaven give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our
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trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into
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temptation but deliver us from evil. bestow on us we pray O Lord the spirit
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of peace so that we may be effective in nurturing among all peoples of the world
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of the spirit of peace that we may live as our God has called us to be brothers
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and sisters United to build a wall of peace. Amen.
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