The redemption of Bartolomé de Las Casas

The Servant of God Bartolomé de Las Casas was once a priest who owned slaves. While writing a homily for Pentecost, he was influenced by a verse from Sirach. He became thoroughly convinced of the humanity of native people, renounced his claim to the Indigenous serfs on his encomienda, and sailed for Spain to advocate against the enslavement of Indigenous people. But it took time for him to reject the slavery of Blacks. During this time of turmoil and division, Servant of God Bartolomé de Las Casas stands as a powerful intercessor for those who are actively racist, who enact or advocate for oppressive laws and systems. Meg Hunter-Kilmer writes about this incredible witness to the Faith.