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Statement for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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On Monday, January 18, our country will observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  We honor and celebrate his memory and what he stood for—all people are equal, all our valuable, all are children of God.

In a statement of the observance, Most Reverend Jose Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, reminds us this year to especially remember Dr. King’s legacy of nonviolence and love.  Archbishop Gomez states that our country has become “too angry, too bitter, too divided.” Gomez quotes Dr. King as saying, “Along the way of life, someone must have the sense enough and the morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can only be done by projecting the ethics of love to the center of our lives.” (To read the full statement go to:

On this day of remembrance may we be reminded that each of us is called to bring justice and peace to our country, to make love the true center of our lives, and to end the cycle of hate which so often permeates our world.