As part of Novice Sister Gwenn N. Dowtte's Novice Project, we offer this blessing of the color RED:
We are scarred by the violence that has befallen our community, that can sometimes leave us afraid.
We are scarred by the AIDS epidemic, that decimated a generation.
We are scarred by the toxic masculinity, that tries to tell us we are somehow less than.
These scars have dug a trench within our hearts.
Our hearts bleed red.
Red with passion.
Red with love.
Red with blood, for blood is life.
Battle lines have been drawn, because we are ALIVE. Because we are STRONG. We revel in our perseverance, our will to survive. We build families and surround ourselves with those we love, and those who love us.
And we do all this because we are enough. We will live freely and be happy!