I was raised Catholic in Southern Texas, Houston and Corpus Christi. Boy let me tell you, that is a hard responsibility to shoulder in the bible belt, protestant South. Daily, you are confronted with differences in perspectives – your own epistemology (theory of knowing) is so different from everyone else’s. For instance, my friends were always interpreting world events in terms of the Book of Revelation, when my Church states clearly that the Beast of The Apocalypse has already come and gone, it was Caesar Nero.
My friends in the neighborhood would always tell me they believe in work as a means to salvation; yet turn around and tell me, “salvation by faith alone”. They would remark at times that they do not pray to the Virgin Mary because it is not in the bible; and I would think, neither is “Protestant Work Ethic”, but you believe in that. Basic everyday concepts that form the basis of why I exist and how to live my life were in constant conflict with the world around me.
However, the George Floyd case is one of those rare moments when everything lines up. It is proper in my eyes that all officers in the case are charged with murder – guilt by association. Police officers are there to protect life and they failed to do so when they idly watched another officer kill a man with a knee to the neck. Although the Catholic Church is in shambles and is a place that I really do not want to be right now, I still believe in it. Every Sunday, from my childhood to the present, a prayer is said in Church that holds every Christian responsible for his actions and his failure to act. The failure to act is a “sin of omission”. Please read this prayer.
I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.