Sr. Margaret Bulmer at the George Floyd memorial mural in the Third Ward.

WRITTEN BY SR. MARGARET BULMER

Houston – During my recent retreat at the Villa, an image of George Floyd, who was killed in May by police in Minneapolis, crossed my heart several times, prompting me to pray for him and his family. Moved as I was, I was also drawn to go out and pay respect at the mural in his honor in the Third Ward, an historically black neighborhood in Houston. George Floyd grew up so very close to us here at the Villa de Matel. In fact, it took me nine minutes to drive there. As short as my little pilgrimage was, it seemed to lead to a distant land, where the roads were littered and crumbling, where homes were shuttered or tumbling. Reaching the mural, which is painted on the side of an old corner market, I saw and sensed more keenly in those streets the racial disparities that were a part of why and how George Floyd died. It was sad and sobering.

During this time of crisis in our world, with the coronavirus pandemic and all the unrest and protests against police brutality and racism, I have been very conscious of what all of this might mean, and what God is calling us to do. One idea came in an article sent to me via email. It was entitled “How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Your Unconscious Biases.” The author offers advice on how to become aware of these unconscious biases. Yes, we all have them. Despite my best intentions, I do. On the next page I summarized the article with a link to the full story, which will lead you to tests to see how your unconscious biases affect you. I hope you will find it as helpful as I did. Although we may not be called into the streets to demonstrate, we can all survey our hearts with humility as we continue to endeavor to respect and cherish each individual for their special uniqueness.

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