Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Creighton University. He is the author of The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice: A Month of Meditations with Ignatius of Loyola (Anamchara 2021,) and The Crucible of Racism: Ignatian Spirituality and the Power of Hope (Orbis Books, March 2022).
Today we allow the existence of a societal system that literally kills people of color, through lack of good medical care, unequal legal rights and the effects of poverty. This curse on people of color lives side by side with white Christianity.
Juneteenth supposedly marked the end of slavery—so why did the Jesuits keep a man in bondage for two years after that?
Juneteenth is more than a day of celebration. It is a challenge to be accountable to one another as members of a beloved community.