Anti-Racism Information, Pandemic Support, Prayer Resources

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One grace of being home more often is the opportunity to read, watch, learn and pray with people from around the world. 

IVC colleagues from around the country have gathered the following resources to help direct our attention to soul-feeding, anxiety-busting, and educational activities.

Peruse the list below, and please share with others if you think it would be helpful to someone else. I hope there is at least one prayer or resource that will speak to you.

If you are interested about combating racism …


Pope Francis and the US Bishops Respond to the Killing of George Floyd

Georgetown Dialogue on Racism on Our Streets and In Our Structures


Brene’ Brown podcast with Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Anti-Racist


USCCB Pastoral Letter on Racism – Open Wide Our Hearts
Study Guide for Open Wide Our Hearts
Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy
Miles McPherson, Pastor of the Rock Church, San Diego, The Third Option

Books To Help Explain Racism and Protest to Children: The conversation about race needs to start early and keep happening

Books noted in Commonwealth Magazine
Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century, Dorothy Roberts
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
Racial Justice and the Catholic Church, Bryan N. Massingale
When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-century America, Ira Katznelson
The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America, Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, Robin DiAngelo
Storming Caesars Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty, Annelise Orleck

If you are interested in prayerful resources related to Ignatian Spirituality ….

Other prayerful resources ….

Would you prefer a single prayer? Here are some …

Reflections about living during this time …

Of course, this is just the beginning! Let the internet be your portal to a whole world of riches while you are limited to the safety of your home. And if you find anything particularly moving that you think would interest other members of the IVC New Orleans community, let me know at!

Please keep one another in our prayers, as well as those who are ill or have died from Corona virus and racism, the loved ones who grieve, and our community leaders who inspire, lead and coordinate response efforts. May God show us the blessings in this suffering and the path toward healing.

In service,