A Prayer for Hope and Solidarity
June 1, 2020
Dear SLUH Community,
St. Louis University High School is, as our mission statement asserts, “a Catholic, Jesuit learning community dedicated to building Christ's Kingdom of truth, justice, love and peace.” Today, at a time when that kingdom seems especially difficult to realize, we offer a prayer of hope and solidarity.
In the midst of a global pandemic that has itself exposed serious injustices and inequities in our nation, these past few days have wrenched our hearts with intensified grief. The gratuitous, horrifying murder of George Floyd, with all of its echoes of previous deaths of unarmed Black citizens at the hands of law enforcement, reminds us of the unredressed sins of racism at the heart of our society.
There will never be tolerance at SLUH for violence or for conduct or speech that is hateful or racist. Our mission at SLUH grounds us in the Gospel imperative to treat every human being with dignity, love and respect, aware that we are all made in the image of God. It inspires us to form young men with an awareness of the history and reality of racism and a commitment to doing justice.
To all of our students and families, faculty and staff, alumni and benefactors, we ask that you join with us in prayer for true reconciliation, for a transformation of our nation and our world. We pray, in this season of Pentecost, for hearts that burn for justice and minds set to the task of working with our sisters and brothers to mend our broken world.
Fr. Ian Gibbons, SJ