Larretta Rivera-Williams, RSM, is originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is coordinator of pastoral care at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in her home town. Since entering the Sisters of Mercy in 1982, Sister Larretta has ministered as an elementary, secondary, and divinity school educator. She has written and produced plays as well as directed and choreographed. Prior to her ministry at St. Leo, Sister Larretta was an Associate Chaplain at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Blistering bigotry burns deep into the souls of people of color. African Americans live with the possibility that racism will flare up every day, and by the end of the day we can be emotionally and spiritually drained.
My life is like a swinging bridge crossing a rushing river. I get up in the morning, not knowing what the day will bring. I step forward in faith trusting that all will be well: balanced, safe and profitable. But what would life be like if I did not walk by faith, if I had no hope?
Every day there are situations in the news related to violence, racial discrimination, social upheavals, or questions involving immoral and unethical conditions. Keep your head in the game! Is this the way God meant for us to live? I am sure it is not! But that is the way minorities have had to live in the United States in order to survive.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." I like the quote because it keeps me in the present moment.