Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In his address to Congress last year, Pope Francis spoke of Dr. King and his dream for a more just America:
“Here too I think of the march which Martin Luther King led from Selma to Montgomery fifty years ago as part of the campaign to fulfill his ‘dream’ of full civil and political rights for African Americans. That dream continues to inspire us all. I am happy that America continues to be, for many, a land of ‘dreams.’ Dreams which lead to action, to participation, to commitment. Dreams which awaken what is deepest and truest in the life of a people.”
Dr. King called people to a higher ideal. Let us pray that leaders today will have the courage to speak up for the most vulnerable among us – the unborn, the frail elderly, the poor without work, the mentally ill, the homeless, and all those whose voices are overlooked when powerful special interests predominate.