Passing Kings legacy on through our families
By WARREN J. SAVAGE
When we look for positive role models for families, children and youth, in terms of both political and religious leadership, Martin Luther Kings commitment to God, family, community and all humankind are worth talking about.
Leadership training begins at home. As we honor Kings life and legacy, we encourage families to make a special commitment during this month -- and throughout the year -- to pass on his message of peace, love and nonviolence to our youth and young adults. The concrete suggestions that follow are positive ways for us to confront the racism, violence and indifference that destroy the human family.
Jan. 18-25 is a Week of Christian Unity. The theme of this week is Blessed be God who has blessed us in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Perhaps this could be a time for a family to commit to quiet reflection and prayer each day, in order to focus on healing of the evils that keep our human family from being united in Gods love.
Fr. Warren J. Savage is president of the National Black Catholic Evangelization Forum in Westfield, Mass.
National Catholic Reporter, January 21, 2000