Tag: St. Augustine

MLK, the City of St. Augustine, and Racism

 

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I was reminded of the trips we have made to St. Augustine, FL.

When tourists go to St. Augustine, many focus on the local fort, the Castillo de San Marcos, the candy factory, or listen to commentary about the countries that fought for control of Florida. On one of our trips, however, we located a quiet part of town, a neighborhood of discreet older homes with nicely trimmed lawns. These homes are a testament to the resilience of, and commitment to, the City of St. Augustine by the black community:

Founded in 1866 by former slaves, the district remained relatively static until the late 19th century. Segregationist practices that swept the South between 1890 and 1910 spurred the growth of black owned and operated commercial enterprises. Washington Street in the district became the heart of the black business community. In 1877 the “People’s Ticket” that included black Republican D.M. Pappy, a leader in the Lincolnville community, swept city elections. By the early 20th century Lincolnville was a major subdivision of St. Augustine with a high level of political participation among its residents. In 1964 St. Augustine became a focal point for the Civil Rights Movement.

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For the past week-and-a-half, starting on the 24th week of Ordinary Time (Novus Ordo calendar), the Church has given us, in the Office of Readings, excerpts from a sermon On Pastors by Saint Augustine, bishop and doctor of the Church. He begins: You have often learned that all our hope is in Christ and that […]

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Group Writing: Motherhood and Will

 

I am mother to six intelligent strong-willed individuals. On this day, August 27, I rejoice in the example of St. Monica, whose feast day it is, and take the opportunity to reflect on Will and Motherhood.


For a mother, one part of the job is to exert her will on her babies and make them do as she says. She must learn when to exert that will, and when to relax and allow the children to be free. As they grow she must teach them her will so that they can learn to do it without her around. Eventually, the plan is, they will learn how to do what is right without her and choose to do it on their own, thus becoming useful adults.

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On Christmas Eve, the Church offers us in the Divine Office, this beautiful sermon on the meaning of Christmas, from St. Augustine. I have also included Pope Benedict XVI’s first Christmas address to the Roman Curia in which he reflects on this sermon, Pope John Paul II, and the “hermeneutics” of the Second Vatican Council. […]

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