On Wednesday, violent and law-breaking protestors assaulted our U.S. Capitol and forcibly gained entrance to the home of our democracy, where it is respectfully practiced and where our representatives come together as a community to uphold the nation’s Constitution. My prayerful thoughts are with those directly affected by yesterday’s violence.
I, like you, was shocked and dismayed by the images and actions that I witnessed as the situation unfolded in Washington D.C. Today, I am still processing the event and its impact on our nation.
Notre Dame joins national and global voices that condemn violence, ignorance and social injustices that were all represented in yesterday’s unlawful display.
I am resolute and proud to be a member of a community that knows violence and intimidation are never the solution. We know hate is never the proper inspiration for action. Rather, we know our commitment and responsibility to civil discourse and to upholding our Mission to be leaders who promote social responsibility is paramount. As was said on the Senate floor last night quoting former President Ronald Reagan, "Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means."
I hope you will join me in prayer and reflection in support of our lawmakers, peaceful protest, and public safety officials on the front lines of ensuring peaceful dialogue. Together we must continue our work for social justice, upholding our democracy, and striving for unity.
Please join our community for "Civil and Uncivil: Discussion on the Events of January 6th" on Friday, January 8th at 4:00 p.m. lead by NDMU’s Dr. Jennifer Erdman, Acting Associate Dean, School of Arts, Sciences and Business.