The following message was sent to Marymount students, faculty, staff and trustees on Thursday.
Dear Marymount Community,
Like many of you, I was shocked and horrified as I followed what took place yesterday on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol – known across the world not just as the meeting place for the legislative branch of the federal government, but as an enduring symbol of our nation’s democracy.
Many of you know that I am a refugee of the Cuban Revolution, whose family escaped violence with dreams of their children living under a democratic government. I love our country with all my heart, but yesterday’s events stand in stark contrast with our democratic ideals. It was heartbreaking to see this reprehensible act committed against our democratic process.
However, I am still hopeful for what is ahead, and optimistic that our country can heal from these wounds and unite. I am confident that our country will rise to the challenge and our commitment to the common good as members of the American family. All of us can play a role in standing up for and representing our nation’s principles of democracy, service and protecting our country and one another.
I am reminded of the words of Pope Francis, who said, “It is impossible for peace to exist without dialogue. All the wars, all the strife, all the unsolved problems over which we clash are due to a lack of dialogue. When there is a problem, talk – this makes peace.”
As members of a higher education institution that values intellectual curiosity, service to others and having a global perspective, we Saints are in a unique position to craft a better future.
God bless you, and may God bless America.
Irma Becerra, Ph.D.