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Food for Thought: Critiquing Culture with a Cup of Coffee and a lot of Charm

Posted: July 13, 2016 | Author: Fr. Leo

The #BlackLivesMatter and #BlueLivesMatter movements have to give way to #AllLivesMatter. We need to stop seeing color as the basis for the protests - legitimate and needed as they are. Yes, I believe protests are necessary. I don't approve of the violence and abuse, but I know that sometimes people find strength in numbers, and sometimes the only way we can tell our story is when we take it to the streets. What I want people to protest and critique however is a culture that condemns innocent life, crushes hope of people of color, judges by class, and contradicts the power of community. It's a heavy time for our country and the entire world!

What can bring us together?  What can lighten our heavy hearts?  I say a cup of coffee served with a lot of charm! So, take a coffee break served by one of the most charming baristas I've ever seen. 

Here's a video clip of a young man who claims that serving coffee has brought meaning to his life.  He has a form of autism, and the only way he can manage all of the uncontrollable bodily jerks is to dance.  The back story however is all about the coffee bar manager who not only volunteers his time to help people with physical challenges, but also saw beyond the physical differences to recognize the beauty of a soul.  This manager gave this "dancing barista" a chance.  His openness to the potential of life has made the difference in the lives of so many people, including my own.  

I can't drink wine without thinking of Jesus. I hope I'll remember to be loving and compassionate when I drink coffee - especially when I need caffeine the most.  I hope and pray that when people protest, it's because we need to voice what's most important to us: the gift of all human life and supporting a culture that honors its dignity, no matter how we take our coffee. 

And speaking on the #BlackLivesMatter protests, watch this touching video of two opposing groups hashing things out and joining together in their efforts to stand up for what is right, and also joining together in prayer. 

Let Us Pray

Father, we pray for all people who have lost their lives to violence, hate, racial prejudice, religious persecutions, and ultimately because murderers are doing the will of the evil one. Give consolation to those who mourn their loss. Bless those who are working to break through the cycles of poverty and division. Give us clear-thinking leaders who speak about justice with words and actions of their life. Lord, we ask you to break the walls that divide, and please let us give a cup of water, or a cup of coffee, with the love of Jesus. Amen.

Food for Thought

(1) How do you take your coffee?
(2) What's the most helpful way to explain our modern upheaval to your children?
(3) How can we support people with special needs?

A reminder to Save the Date for the Olive Mass on September 26, 2016 in New Orleans, LA.

You're invited to come together for the Olive Mass in New Orleans, LA on September 26, 2016 as we seek to use the power of food to evangelize.