March 18

Reflection

Prejudice is often rooted in an unfounded sense of superiority.  Sadly, prejudice is often found in people who defend their attitudes based on religious or political beliefs. Examine closely certain code words, epithets and slogans and you will find them rooted in prejudice. Prejudice is usually born of ignorance. We hold preconceived notions that we have not tested through personal experience. We are not born hating or despising people different from ourselves. Unfortunately, it is an acquired pattern.

Prayer 

Help me, O God, not to foster prejudices in myself or others.

Action

Before making sweeping judgments about others examine honestly the underlying reasons you feel this way. Do not participate in petty and immature name calling.

Suggested Reading

Philip found Nathanael and told him,
“We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law,
and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”
But Nathanael said to him,
“Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Jn 1:45-5

Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.
Merry Browne

Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.
Wayne W. Dyer

If you judge people you have no time to love them.
Mother Teresa

O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand.
William Penn 

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.
To Kill a Mockingbird

Bigotry or prejudice in any form is more than a problem; it is a deep-seated evil within our society.
Judith Light

At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation and prejudice.
Gore Vidal

Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep us apart.
Countess of Blessington

 

 

 

 

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