Friday marks another commemoration as well, which many Catholics might not know about. It’s called “Spirit Day,” an invitation to stand against bullying and violence targeting gay and lesbian students in American schools. This should be a no-brainer for Catholics, who are called by Christ to support those who suffer or struggle in any way, particularly those on the margins.
So why not do something simple to show compassion for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, especially those who are bullied or who have even attempted suicide? Purple is Lenten color, the color of remorse, and so it is particularly appropriate as a sign of remorse against any LBGT hate speech. Why do something small to show your love of neighbor? For you shall love your LGBT neighbor as yourself.