Victoria Marie, PhD, MDiv. is a Roman Catholic Woman Priest who studied Anthropology of Education at the University of British Columbia, attended seminary at Vancouver School of Theology, is a member of the Vancouver Catholic Worker and pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community, Vancouver BC.
“I know from my own experience as a member of a racialized group that racism, if internalized, can result in an individual seeing their identity as tainted. Even when negative self-conceptions are overcome, the tenacity of racism does not instil in those who are continuously injured by it the vision of a future that is different than the past.”
“As people become more stable in their own recovery, they seem to grow in care and concern for others, especially those still in the clutches of addiction. The motivation behind their work is love.”
“I want to emphasize that I am not speaking of a ‘pink and fluffy’ sentimental kind of love. Rather I mean what in the Christian context is called, agape, a love that is concerned for the well-being of others, which is independent of liking the individual. For example, I may not particularly like someone but I would do everything in my power, including invite them into my home, rather than see them sleep on the street. It is the kind of love that cares for people more than things to the extent that fear of being robbed is less important than fiveing someone a place to stay.”
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