Part of the Series, "Becoming Compassion"

Becoming Compassion 1

Part 1, Step 6 by Henrita Frost, SSND

Several times I have read and reflected on the Sixth Step, ACTION, of the TWELVE STEPS TO A COMPASSIONATE LIFE by Karen Armstrong. Recently, I turned on the television and my world was shaken as I, once again, read the head- line, Thousands march across America for Black Lives! Daily, I have read these and similar words about Black Lives, not only in the United States, but also in the Global Community. However, this moment was different because I was concentrating on my call and obligation to ACTION.

Many years ago when I lived out East, I was involved in a march on the White House. When we arrived we were given a place across from the White House. We were soon informed that if we crossed a certain line we would be arrested. I was afraid. I still regret today that I didn’t cross the line. I think of that moment of non-ACTION as a lost opportunity to pursue the cause of justice. By my life-long efforts to pursue justice for all, I pray that I have paid a debt to all those I failed to assist in my lifetime.

In this new time, the word ACTION inspires me. What lines to assist others, am I called to cross today? Now that I am in my older adulthood and have less speed, I can’t excuse myself from taking ACTIONS. My goal for my actions has always been Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation. This includes a focus of working for nonviolence and racial justice. From a contemplative stance, the challenge each day is to become educated in the new understandings of today’s reality, offering me an opportunity to participate in the coming of a future full of peace.

“We Cannot Tolerate or turn a Blind Eye
to Racism or Exclusion of any Form.”
- Pope Francis

Henrita Frost, SSND

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