Going to a movie and visiting a historical site has made my spirit groan and my mind unsettled.
Two weeks ago, I went to see the movie The Sound of Freedom. Have you heard about it?
It is based on the true story of how a man was moved to saving children who are enslaved by sex-trafficking. I love the inspiration of true story movies. This movie…it is a different inspiration that I feel. I am disturbed by how human beings can get to the point of losing sight of the dignity of other human beings.
Last week I visited the historical site of Manzanar, one of the places where our country incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II. It is just three hours from us off the 395 towards Mammoth. Tears rolled down my cheeks seeing the photos, reading about what was done there, and walking through seeing how people were forced to live. Again, how do human beings reach the point of losing sight of the dignity of other human beings?
I feel like I should do something, but don’t know what to do. I keep thinking about both of those experiences I had. Do I quit my job, sell/give away all I have and go to work serving the thousands of children who are enslaved in sex-trafficking?
I want to apologize to all Japanese Americans for what our country did but how do I do that?
For now, all I can do is two things – help make people aware and pray.
Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. Romans 8:26
Saint Paul in this coming Sunday’s Second Reading reminds me that the Holy Spirit knows our hearts intimately. I don’t know the words to pray or what to do. The Holy Spirit is here, praying for me and will guide me in what to do. I’m listening…
Please go see the movie The Sound of Freedom. (Not for children.) Be aware. Pray.
Please go visit Manzanar. (Family friendly.) Be aware. Pray.
Come Holy Spirit, come.
Blessings through prayer to you!