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May 2018

The Future That Has Already Entered Us

by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ -- LCWR Past President

As I walked the couple blocks from where I parked to the March for Our Lives rally at our county courthouse, I saw a crowd gathering on the courthouse steps and heard faint strains of music rising from somewhere in the crowd. I had been inspired by the courage, poise, and eloquence of the teenage survivors of the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. I wanted to support their efforts, join my voice with theirs, and help to open space for a new generation of citizens to reframe our social and political narratives. I felt purposeful as I approached the rally, eager to hear the experience, challenge, and call of our young people.

As I entered the crowd, I looked around and felt my spirit sink. The vast majority of people were older than I, and the music I heard as I approached turned out to to be a steadily off-key rendition of Bob Dylan’s The Times, They are A-Changin’ sung loudly and earnestly by two people who may have cut their teeth on civil rights era protests of the 1960s.  (To continue reading, download the PDF document below.)

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