Injustices and environmental degradation make it abundantly clear that society is in serious need of reconstruction. What is the dream? How about a vision of personal fulfillment and peace for all instead of visions of power and profit for a few? Here is the big surprise--good campaigns for the transformation of the world can be run by a few committed people, functioning in the basements of churches throughout the Archdiocese, seeking to be a catalyst for the change.
At first glance, it's a scene that's becoming all too familiar...a small, rural parish, dwindling numbers, the ever-present worry about whether or not they'll have the money to pay the bills for another year. And yet, into this potentially depressing situation comes a breath of new life. A small group of parishioners, gathered in the church basement around an old TV set that someone had donated, and a Bible study DVD series. A couple were excited, a few more were reluctant to give up a free evening in the midst of yet another busy week, thinking they'd come for the first time and then beg off. Much to everyone's surprise, the first evening was a hit. Slowly but surely, over the course of four months, they worked their way through the sixteen session program
The words offered by Justice Murray Sinclair, chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, are purposefully hard hitting. What follows is a taste of what he wrote. Sit with his words for a while and you will feel their impact.
“In the period from Confederation until the decision to close residential schools was taken in this country in 1969, Canada clearly participated in a period of cultural genocide.”
“They (those attending residential schools) were stripped of their self-respect and they were stripped of their identity. Their stories — more than 6,750 of them in number — will now become part of a permanent historical archive never to be forgotten or ignored.”