Friday, January 12, 2007

Martin Luther King Jr.

“So, I say to you, seek God and discover him and make him a power in your life. Without him all of our efforts turn to ashes and our sunrises into darkest night. Without him, life is a meaningless drama with the decisive scenes missing. But with him, we are able to rise from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope. With him, we are able to rise from the midnight of desperation to the daybreak of joy.

“St. Augustine was right: we were made for God and we will be restless until we find our rest in him. Love yourself, if that means rational, healthy and moral self-interest. You are commanded to do that. That is the length of life. Love your neighbour as you love yourself: you are commanded to do that. That is the breadth of life. But never forget, there is a first and even greater commandment: Love the Lord your God with all thy heart, and all thy soul, and all thy mind. This is the height of life. When you do this, you live the complete life.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

CAPTION: Martin Luther King at Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. "Photo courtesy National Archives and Records Administration."

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