Reflection and Prayer for Charlottesville


Sister Sandra Schmid, CSJ

Reflections on Charlottesville and its Aftermath

Sister Sandra Schmid had a midday prayer program prepared to give at the motherhouse. Then the events in Charlottesville happened.

Read her emotional reflection and use her prayer service for your own personal prayer for Charlottesville.

Click here for the prayer service. 

“I immediately knew I had to do something new for the prayer, but my mind was blank. I thought about that and thought about what I was feeling. Over the next three days I felt shock, sadness, fear, shame, hopeless, and a desire to do something lasting. 

I wanted to make a change in how I live my everyday life.  And I thought and prayed about everything I was feeling. I realized that there was little I could do to make big changes, but a little voice, God within me, started to speak.

I thought about when I heard family or co-workers say racist or hateful things and just told myself that they would never change, so why make a scene.  The times the person in front of me at the grocery store checkout was treated inappropriately due to color, dress, gender, age, or poverty, and I didn’t say anything.  Or worse yet, when I didn’t do anything because I really didn’t notice these things were happening. 

And then I knew what I had to do. I had to change what I paid attention to, and act on what I noticed.  I need to speak up when I see behaviors that are wrong. I need to say thanks to the people who give me an example of behaviors that are kind and loving. I am now working to become the person I want to be. I have put a note in my knitting bag to remind myself of the person I want to become. 

The morning I was to give the prayer service, I sat down with my Bible and said to God, “I still have no idea what this prayer should be, so tell me.” In 20 minutes I had the prayer planned.  Simple, as God often shows us to be. And I became aware of another thing that God says.  To show kindness and love to another doesn’t have to be complicated; it just needs to come from knowing and allowing to flow from my soul the love and kindness that God has given me to share.”

 Posted 8/19/2017

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