"I do not fear the hard work of bringing the light of the Gospel to bear on these issues. Not everyone will receive the message joyfully and there will be opposition but because I love Jesus and believe in the beauty and truth of His message, I will persevere."
"I will use whatever means the Lord gives me to spread His truth about the dignity of the human person from the womb to the tomb, from the immigrant to the citizen, from the powerful to the vulnerable. There are no throw-away people."
Purvis has said that she feels it is her Christian obligation to speak out against racism and injustice- on "Morning Glory," and to other media and in other platforms.
Earlier this month, she told a panel at Georgetown University that she watched the video of George Floyd's arrest and death in horror, wanting to yell at the police officer kneeling on his neck, "Stop in the name of God! Stop!"
"I just thought the image of God is being abused right here in front of me," she said.
She has faced backlash for her use of the popular racial justice slogan "Black Lives Matter," although she told CNA this month that her use of the phrase does not constitute support for national Black Lives Matter organizations, whose platforms are at odds with Catholic teaching.
"For me, as a Catholic, a devout Catholic, as a loyal daughter of the Church, I have no problem saying 'Black Lives Matter,'" she said.
"I know it doesn't make me a member of the organization."
Some Catholics hesitate to attend protests or other events because they say that not only "black lives matter," but that "all lives matter," she noted.
Purvis explained that the phrase "Black Lives Matter" is not meant to devalue the lives of others, and while all lives do matter, she has observed that "in practice" in the U.S., "what we've seen is that black lives don't."
As a pro-life Catholic, Purvis said she recognizes the eugenist roots of abortion, but said fighting racism in America shouldn't be limited to opposing abortion. She said racism is manifested through police misconduct, housing policies, and other aspects of American public life.
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Purvis converted to Catholicism when she was 12 years old, after an experience at Eucharistic adoration in her Catholic school. She later called it a "mystical experience with the Eucharist...just coming to know it was real, that it was alive, and feeling like I was consumed with a fire all over my body, but it didn't burn."
The host is a frequent speaker on pro-life and catechetical issues; she and her husband have been active in pro-life ministry and other parish ministry in the Archdiocese of Washington.
Purvis has served on the archdiocesan pastoral council in the Archdiocese of Washington, is a board member for the Northwest Pregnancy Center and Maternity Home in Washington, D.C. and an advisory board member on the Maryland Catholic Conference's Respect for Life Office. She is a member of the National Black Catholic Congress' Leadership Commission on Social Justice, and is the chairperson for Black Catholics United for Life, which seeks to increase the size and strength of active Black Catholics participating in the pro-life movement.
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The Guadalupe Radio Network could not be reached for comment, despite numerous telephone calls from CNA.
On Friday afternoon, the radio network released a statement online, saying it had "temporarily suspended airing the show on the GRN." (Ed. note: emphasis original.)