This post was provided by Lauren Morton
John Lewis - Love in Action
Original Air Date: March 28, 2013
Tippett: "Love as you are talking about it, as you have aspired to live it, is not a way you feel. It’s a way of being, right?"
Lewis: "It’s a way of being, yes. It’s a way of action. It’s not necessarily passive. It has the capacity. It has the ability to bring peace out of conflict."
“You have to believe and you can never, ever, give up on any possibility. It’s part of it, as I said, from the beginning. It’s already done. You just have to find a way to make it real.”
- John Lewis
“... you have to believe there may be setbacks, there may be some disappointments, there may be some interruption. But, again, you have to take the long, hard look. With this belief, it’s going to be OK; it’s going to work out.”
- John Lewis
“Every fight is not your fight. Pace yourself.” And I would say it to the young people and others sometime, “Don’t get in a hurry. Our struggle is not a struggle that lasts for one day, one week, one month or one year or one lifetime. It is an ongoing struggle.”
- John Lewis
Read or listen to the full interview on the website of the On Being Project.
This post was provided by Rhonda Haney
I thought this was a fitting bookend to Deacon Fred’s post from John Lewis. He took every opportunity to improve OUR circumstances by trying to move obstacles out of our way! We’ve got to do something about the circumstances we find ourselves in as a Black community. Don’t just complain....we can start with our VOTE.
- Rhonda Haney
The Obstacles In Our Path
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. He then hid himself and watched to see if anyone would move the boulder out of the way. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.
Many people loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none of them did anything about getting the stone out of the road.
A peasant then came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to push the stone out of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.
After the peasant went back to pick up his vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.
Moral of the Story: Every obstacle we come across in life gives us an opportunity to improve our circumstances, and whilst the lazy complain, the others are creating opportunities through their kind hearts, generosity, and willingness to get things done.
This post was provided by Deacon Fred Toca
Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation
by John Lewis
Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.
You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, through decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others.
Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.
Read the full message on the website of The New York Times.
This post was provided by Aleron Morton
The Potter's House
by Tramaine Hawkins
This post was provided by Lydia Regan-Chuckwudebe
A note from Fr. Desmond Drummer:
Lydia Regan-Chuckwudebe's blog post is a testimony and a reminder about the seriousness of suicide and our role to advocate for and support our neighbors. Many of us know people who have taken their own lives. They are our friends, coworkers, and members of our families. In times past, the Catholic Church used condemnatory language when referring to the experience of suicide. This language made the pain of loss so much worse for people who suffered the suicide of a loved one. I deeply lament the pain caused by the Catholic Church in this regard. Thankfully, the Catholic Church has developed its response to suicide and now focuses on the mercy of God:
"We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2283).
If you've lost a loved one or friend to suicide, commend them to God's tender mercy -- God understands them; God does not condemn them. The Catholic Church continues to evolve over time. In changing its understanding of suicide, the Catholic Church caught up to where God has been all along.
If you are thinking about suicide, there is hope. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255
If you know someone who has mentioned to you that they are thinking about suicide, believe them and advocate for their life by connecting them to help.
If you are worried about someone's wellbeing, reach out.
Learn more about suicide prevention at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.
by Lydia Regan-Chukwudebe
Below is a post I just made on Facebook [last week]. I just want to remind everyone to PLEASE never hesitate to help someone you believe is thinking about ending his/her life. Sometimes, as you already know, the smallest gesture will help!
Please Trust your Gut, that Inner Voice or Feeling that Won’t Go Away, God’s Voice Whispering in your Ear, His Words Tugging at your Heart....
Late Last Night around 1:30 in the Morning, I was reading a Poem posted in a Poetry Group I’m a member of. The poem was so Sad, so Gloomy, so Hopeless, so Morbid, so Full of Despair. It detailed a Horrible Life filled with Bad Choices, Bad Results and being Damned to Hell, and it was titled “Final Words.” I immediately thought, “This guy is going to kill himself!” And I wanted to call him or rush to his house, but I couldn’t; I do not know him personally. So, I panicked and then, I remembered my Grandmother’s words, “LiLi, Where there is Life, there is Hope. Please choose Life.” So, I sent him her words, along with the National SUICIDE Prevention Hotline Number, and I contacted Facebook, and I prayed for him. A few minutes ago, I saw that others in the Poetry Group also reached out to him this morning, and his response was, “I've been better. Came very close to killing myself last night.” Oh My God! Praise God he Did Not! Praise God!
This post was provided by Jenifer Burns
Catholic Standard is the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington. The article referenced below was published on Saturday, July 18.
Archbishop Gregory mourns loss of two Civil Rights icons
In a July 18 tweet, Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory mourned the loss of two Civil Rights icons who died the day before -- Rep. John Lewis and Rev. C.T. Vivian.
In the tweet, Archbishop Gregory said, “July 17th two Civil Rights champions crossed over to the fullness of God's kingdom. C.T. Vivian and John Lewis helped our nation realize our calling to be a home for justice for all people. They served our country in many ways -- always with valor and hope. May God grant them rest.”
Read the full article on the Catholic Standard website.
See Archbishop Gregory's tweet honoring C.T. Vivian and John Lewis (retweet if you are on twitter)
Follow Archbishop Gregory on Twitter.
This post was provided by Father Desmond Drummer
As we remember the legacy of Congressman John Lewis, the song "Glory" speaks the sentiments of our hearts. "Glory" is the theme song of Ava DuVernay's Selma (2014). John Lewis was played by Stephan James.
"Glory" won Best Original Song at the 2015 Academy Awards.
written by John Legend, Common, & Che Smith
performed by John Legend & Common