God, our loving Father, you sent your Son among us as our brother.
He came to make your love as visible to our eyes as the faces of our own family.
Illumined by the heart of Jesus, Leo Dehon taught us to see, in the rejection of your love,
the source of injustice and cruelty in our world.
Touch and illumine our hearts, O God, so that we might love as Jesus taught us.
May we identify with our brothers and sisters, value the differences among us,
and collaborate with them in healing the wounds that divide us.
In this way, may your grace be nurtured in the human family. Amen.
Reparation prayer from "This Day of God," community prayer book of the Priests of the Sacred Heart
“When White terrorists bombed a Black church and killed five Black children, that is an act of individual racism, widely deplored by most segments of the society. But, . . . [when] Black babies die each year because of the lack of proper food, shelter, and medical facilities, and thousands more are destroyed and maimed physically, emotionally, and intellectually because of conditions of poverty and discrimination in the Black community, that is the function of institutional racism.”