Monday, January 15, 2007

MLK

Today, as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday, we thank God for this spiritual and patriotic giant. We pray for an end to all forms of discrimation, especially against those of different race or ethnicity, the poor, the unborn, the elderly, the handicapped, and the weak. Thank you, Dr. King, for your unwavering faith and heroic courage in fighting for true justice through means of peace.

Here are excerpts from his famous "I have a dream" speech in 1963:

"... In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice... Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children...

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone...

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive...

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring'...

And when this happens, When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, 'Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'

17 Comments:

At 11:28 AM, Anonymous HSPrincess said...

i have a question, Fr. Greg:
God told us to go out a multiply (Genesis 9:7, i think), so why is chastity considered holy? Wouldn't God want us to procreate?

 
At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is your dream today?

 
At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is faith?

 
At 4:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon,

Faith is the total unwavering belief in God. No matter what may happen you don't lose that trust in Him. In times of struggle or rough times you draw strength in knowing He will never forsake you and loves you.



Night Owl

 
At 4:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great man Dr. King was! To think how much he accomplished and he was only 39 years old! That is indeed inspirational!




Night Owl again

 
At 4:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you feel about reincarnation?

 
At 4:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does one obtain grace?

 
At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Tom said...

Chastity is the proper use of your sexuality, so everyone (including married people!) is called to be chaste. Of course, for people who aren't married chastity includes (but is not limited to!) not having sex.

It is because marriage is such a good thing that giving up marriage for the sake of the Gospel is such a good thing.

God does want us to procreate, but: a) that doesn't mean each of us individually must have at least one child; and b) He wants us to procreate spiritually as well as physically -- "make disciples of all nations" -- and making a vow of celibacy or virginity is a means given to some people to help us procreate spiritually.

 
At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you feel about reincarnation?

I think the whole idea is kind of cool coming back again and again according to what you did in your lives times.

 
At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to add that if you mess up in this lifetime you get another chance.

 
At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you pour Holy Water on mean people do they sizzle?

 
At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last anon,

LOL!:) I dare you to try it and get back to us!

 
At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anon above,

You got it!

:0)

 
At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a question, Fr. Greg:
God told us to go out a multiply (Genesis 9:7, i think), so why is chastity considered holy? Wouldn't God want us to procreate?


Yea, but only if you are married. He doesn't want people to go out and have kids out of wedlock athough unfortnately that is happening a lot these days.

 
At 11:11 PM, Anonymous kelly said...

anon who inquires - how does one obtain grace? I am sure I can not aswered extensively enough. Grace ( a free gift/favor betstowed by God) is more available to us if we go to confession very regularly, if we put God #1 in our lives - love him with all our heart, mind & strenght, obey Him and love our neighbors as ourselves. Avoid sin- most importantly mortal!

Participate faithfully in all the sacraments Mass on Sunday (some go every day), frequent reconciliation, a strong prayer life inluding lots fo praise for God. Adoration is a an awesome way to bask in God's in explicable all encompassing love and also to adore Him with our whole hearts. I praise and adore the Lord through music a lot.

Also service, fasting, reading the scriptures, trying to live out your vocation in GOd's order....for Married Lay People : God first,, Husband-spiritual leader of househol, mother, and then children.

More marraiges end due to "overinvesting" in the children and careers and "underinvesting in the marriage." OUt of order. I guess every one has to answer that question according to their positiion in life.

 
At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops excuse all my typos in the last email, i have been up since 5 am and I am now deliriously tired. Good night!

 
At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What were doing up at 5 am!!!

 

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