“The Christian is called, with the grace of God invoked in prayer, to a sometimes heroic commitment. In this he or she is sustained by the virtue of fortitude, whereby — as Gregory the Great teaches — one can actually “love the difficulties of this world for the sake of eternal rewards.” ~ Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth)—Pope John Paul II, 1993
On January 21, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States.
Dr. King’s example of non-violent protest and the peaceful pursuit of justice reminds us all that justice is not simply the existence of equal rights – it is a matter of the heart, and of encountering others with dignity. As Coretta Scott King has shared, “The Holiday provides a unique opportunity to teach young people to fight evil, not people, to get in the habit of asking themselves, ‘what is the most loving way I can resolve this conflict?’” May we all learn to expose and counter injustice with love, for that is the only way to peace. Please click here for the prayer service for Martin Luther King Day.