“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were given to drink of one Spirit.”
-1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians (which was our second reading this Pentecost Sunday), teach us that all life is interconnected and that what happens to a part impacts the whole. We stand in solidarity with the black members of our community in outrage for the death of George Floyd and other black men and women who have suffered senseless and horrendous deaths in recent years.
Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart is deeply rooted in the Franciscan charism of peacemaking, care for creation, and social justice. These values compel us, as individuals and as a community, to acknowledge and stand against all manifestations of racism so that, together, we can build a more just school community and world. We promote the development of thinking, caring women who respect others’ thoughts, religious traditions, backgrounds and beliefs. We acknowledge that our students’ education is incomplete if they have not learned to appreciate that we are a stronger, richer and far more interesting community because of our diversity.
Every day, we reflect on Jesus’ call to radically live in love as St. Francis and St. Clare did. Our patrons sought to change the world they lived in by adopting a life of service and peace. We strive to be instruments of God’s peace, but peace is anything but complacent. Sometimes to promote peace, we are called to use our intellect to re-imagine our current reality, our passion to push boundaries, our creativity to problem solve and our boldness and faith to be the change we wish for the world.
To all SHA students and, in particular, SHA’s black students: we respect you; we value you; and we are grateful for all the ways you enrich the SHA Community. We promise to support you as you continue to develop your voice to do what only you can do to make this world a better place. In turn, the administration and your teachers commit to further educate ourselves, to listen, to be resources for you and to provide additional resources as we work together to dismantle the structures and practices that sustain racism.
May St. Francis and St. Clare, pray for us.
Peace and All Good,
Head of School