Monday, January 15, 2018

Dorothy Day on the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Pilgrimage - April 1968

By Dorothy Day
The Catholic Worker, April 1968, 1, 6.
Summary: Describes her reactions to hearing that Martin Luther King was shot and killed. Memorializes his Gospel faith and teaching of non-violence. (DDLW #252).

Just three weeks ago (we are going to press on April 25) Martin Luther King was shot as he stood on the balcony of a motel in Memphis, Tennessee. It was seven o’clock in the evening when the news was imparted on every television screen, and proclaimed on every radio. It was six midwest time and seven o’clock in New York. I was sitting in the kitchen of one of the women’s apartments on Kenmare Street looking at a news cast when the flash came. Martin Luther King shot in Memphis. I sat there stunned, wondering if he was suffering a superficial wound as Meredith did on his Mississippi walk to overcome fear, that famous march at which Dr. King joined him, at which the cry “Black Power” was first shouted, about which Martin Luther King wrote in his last book Where Do We Go From Here? A book which all of us should read because it makes us understand what the words Black Power really mean. Dr. King was a man of the deepest and most profound spiritual insights.

These were the thoughts which flashed through my mind as I waited, scarcely knowing that I was waiting, for further news. The dreaded words were spoken almost at once. “Martin Luther King is dead.” He was shot through the throat, the bullet pierced his spinal cord and he died at once. His blood poured out, shed for whites and blacks alike. The next day was Good Friday, the day commemorated by the entire Christian world as the day when Jesus Christ, true God and true man, shed His hood.

“Unless the grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it remains alone. But if it die it produces much fruit.” Martin Luther King died daily, as St. Paul said. He faced death daily, and said a number of times that he knew he would be killed for the faith that was in him. The faith that men could live together as brothers. The faith in the Gospel teaching of non-violence. The faith that man is capable of change, of growth, of growing in love. Dr. King died daily and already in his life there were men, his immense following capable of continuing his work in the same spirit, such as Ralph Abernathy.
Cynics may say that many used non-violence as a tactic. Many may scoff at the outcry raised at his death, saying that this is an election year and all candidates had to show honor to a fallen black hero. But love and grief were surely in the air those days of mourning and all that was best in the country–in the labor movement, and the civil rights movement and in the peace movement cast aside all their worldly cares and occupations to go to Memphis to march with the sanitation union men, on whose behalf, during whose strike, Martin Luther King had given himself; and to Atlanta where half a million people gathered from coast to coast to walk in the funeral procession, following the farm cart and the two mules which drew the coffin of the dead leader.

Always, I think, I will weep when I hear the song, “We Shall Overcome,” and when I read the words, “Free at last, great God, free at last.”

But the healing of grief is in those words that I had been hearing sung every Sunday at the Church of the St. Thomas the Apostle, in the Mass composed by Mary Lou Williams, herself a black composer and jazz musician, herself internationally famous. “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me shall never die but have life everlasting.” ...

Pax et bonum

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Snow storm

Friday night snow storm -
teachers and students lament
the bad timing

Pax et bonum

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Franciscan quotation - St. Angela of Foligno

No one can be saved without divine light. Divine light causes us to begin and to make progress, and it leads us to the summit of perfection. Therefore if you want to begin and to receive this divine light, pray. If you have begun to make progress and want this light to be intensified within you, pray. And if you have reached the summit of perfection, and want to be superillumined so as to remain in that state, pray.

- St. Angela of Foligno

Pax et bonum

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Bishop Barron on Great Spiritual Classics

Two of the books that most affected my spiritual life - The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton, and The Confessions of St. Augustine - made the list, as did Chesterton's Orthodoxy.

I've read those three. I have read Newman, but to be honest I don't remember if I his essay on the development of Christian doctrine. I may have read parts of it.

Got to dig that essay out, and reread the other three.

Pax et bonum

Cutting back cable television

We have a standard cable television package - bundled with phone (I don't have a cell phone) and internet.- that provides us with hundreds of channels, most of which we don't watch, and some of which tempt us to waste time. A number of the channels offer questionable content.

The bill for the bundle is about to go up to over $200, with the television package costing more than $60. We can cut back to a basic television package - local channels and a few cable ones. We'd lose EWTN, FOX, and the movie channels we watch, plus some of the sports channels. But we'd save $40 a month. And we'd have more time for doing other things. And do I really need to watch Syracuse lose basketball games?

So I plan to call our service provider this week to cut back service.

More time to pray, read, and practice guitar!

Pax et bonum

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Planned Parenthood Report: Prenatal Care Down 75%, Contraception Down 30%, Abortions Stay the Same

Planned Parenthood Report: Prenatal Care Down 75%, Contraception Down 30%, Abortions Stay the Same: In the opening “Message from Our Leadership,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and Board chair Naomi Aberly tell supporters “despite the histo ...

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