Bishop Walkowiak’s statement for the observance of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr.

On April 4, 1968, Baptist minister and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated. From the mid-1950s up until his death, fueled by his Christian faith and community, he led the civil rights movement in the United States. Through non-violent resistance and with a desire to do God’s will, he fought for justice in the face of years of ridicule, threats and violence. As we look ahead to the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Monday, Jan. 17, we take time to remember his life, work and legacy.

Read Bishop Walkowiak’s statement for the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

The Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Office of Communications relays the following statement from
Bishop David J. Walkowiak marking the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States on Jan. 17:

“As we look about, we see a nation that is polarized and fractured. People and communities who are suffering. These are challenging times.

Today, we contemplate the words of Dr. King, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” (Strength to Love, 1963)

Let us think about our legacy amid these challenging times. What are we doing to live the Gospel mandate to love our neighbors as ourselves? Let us use this day to pray for a genuine conversion of heart, to complete an act of kindness for a stranger, or to say an extra prayer for peace in our world as we commemorate the life of Dr. King.”

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