Today our nation observes the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a great religious leader who worked and struggled for civil rights, equality, and justice.
His model of non-violent action and resistance, of loving one’s enemy, is a model for Catholics who work for equality and justice for LGBT people in our church and society.
Here are some quotes from the great leader for your reflection and inspiration today:
- Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
- A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.
- Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.
- Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.
- Only in the darkness can you see the stars.
- We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
- The time is always right to do the right thing.
Let us also remember in prayer today President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, whose inauguration we celebrate today in the U.S. President Obama was the first president to endorse marriage equality. He did so after Vice President Biden, a Catholic, first announced his support for marriage equality on national television. Vice President Biden is also on record saying that transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time.
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry