Friends, first, let me wish those of you who observe it a blessed Lenten season. May you be open to the graces God wants so very much to shower on you!
And now, since I’m feeling the crunch of time very acutely (can I fast from work for Lent?), let me at least offer you a brief excerpt from (and link to) Sr. Joan Chittister’s Feb. 3 commentary on the signing of the new Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, also known as the “Lilly Ledbetter” law. The sad history of injustice for Ledbetter brings to mind Jesus’s admonition to the Scribes and Pharisees not to use the law to lay impossible burdens on people. Enjoy…
From where I stand, it seems clear to me why Barack Obama wanted this particular bill to be the first piece of legislation to launch his new presidency. After all, who else, besides descendants of people who had been forced into slavery and out of the social mainstream really knows the effects of legal discrimination. Who else is brave enough to admit that slavery will not really be over until women have all the rights of men — as blacks for years sought those of whites.
So…let me warn you that it may not be until after the weekend that you’ll see another blog entry. I’m leaving for Florida today and have a lot of prep and grading to do before I meet my students online on Friday. Be well!