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Celebrate a Hero… Listen to the Words… Remember.

 

 

 

 

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

 

For a truly inspiring call to action, and for your reading pleasure, please follow this link to a wonderful synopsis of the meaning of King’s words in our contemporary world and a call to action for LGBT Catholics and allies to realize the prophesy of King’s vision. (With credit and accolades to Bob Shine of New Ways Ministries for a well-written blog post…)

For a news reference point regarding Shine’s mention of the Anglican Church’s censure and suspension from voting rights—due to conservative backlash that is linked to the American Episcopal Church’s progressivism regarding gay-marriage and the installation of Bishop Gene Robinson (who is gay)—please follow this link to the story as reported by the National Catholic Reporter.

 

 

 

 

Great Words: Lady Liberty Weeps

How does a nation forget its core principles? How does it ignore words cast in bronze that have so epitomized the nation, its symbols of hope, and its priorities for so many generations? How do we so flippantly forget our forefathers and mothers who were once immigrants themselves?

Great Words: Challenging our Own Discomfort

William Sloane Coffin, Jr. served as chaplain of Yale University and Williams College, and was senior minister of Riverside Church in New York City. He was a prominent peace activist, civil rights “Freedom Rider,” indicted by the government in the Benjamin Spock conspiracy trial, and was immortalized as Rev. Sloane in the Doonsebury comic Strip. Coffin passed away in 2006.

Great Words: Monastic Life in the New Era

Father Simón Pedro Arnold, OSB founder and president of the Institute for Studies of the Andean Cultures, IDECA (since 2009). In this framework, he is also founder and editorial director of the magazine Pan-Andean Dialogue, and Professor of Andean Religions and Cultures at the Catholic University Santa Maria, Arequipa, Peru.

Awe: Great Words

An interesting article in the New York Times Sunday Review that explains how experiencing “awe” affects our psyches in more ways than one might think…

Community: Great Words

Dorotheos of Gaza was a 6th-century monk, eventually becoming an abbott of his own monastery. His writing, in the form of instructions for his charges, particularly condemns pride among his monks, deplores ascetic competition among the community, and places humility as the summit of monastic life.