A Message from the Bishops of Virginia Following the Verdict in the Chauvin Trial

Then Jesus said, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”  John 8:31-32

From the Latin verus dictum, “to speak the truth.”
It doesn’t always work out that way, but it did today.

Truth is the foundation, the bedrock.
Truth brings accountability.
Accountability brings alignment with values.
Alignment brings justice
(and her twin sister, mercy).
Justice brings peace.
Peace is impossible without truth.
“The truth will set you free,” said Jesus.

May this verdict encourage and embolden us all
to speak truth, to accept accountability,
to align our lives with our deep values,
to demand justice and to extend mercy,
that all may enjoy the blessings of peace and freedom. 
For this we pray, tonight and always. 

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen. 

 The Bishops of Virginia