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Jan. 18: Day by Day with Father Bill

MONDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
REV DR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

Sadly I have yet to see the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. Perhaps you have seen it!

Engraved on the statue are:

Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.

I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.

On the south wall:

We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.

On the north wall:

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.

True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

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