Daily Meditation for January 15, 2010

by Dolores Super, OSB

In April 1959, a little over 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. said this to a gathering of Black youth: “Whatever career you may choose for yourself—doctor, lawyer, teacher—let me propose an avocation to be pursued along with it. Become a dedicated fighter for civil rights. Make it a central part of your life. It will make you a better doctor, a better lawyer, a better teacher. It will enrich your spirit as nothing else possibly can. It will give you that rare sense of nobility that can only spring from love … Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.” Were King alive today he would surely be proclaiming a similar message to all young people. Let us do in like manner to the youth in our families and neighborhoods.