Richard Rohr's - Love at the Center

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Thank you to Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation for today (July 31, 2020) for the inspiration and the reference to Martin Luther King, Jr..  Below is an excerpt from the daily meditation.  (To subscribe to Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation, visit:  https://cac.org/category/daily-meditations/)




"If love is the eternal religious principle, Martin Luther King, Jr. believed, then nonviolence is its external worldly counterpart. He wrote:

"At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love. The nonviolent resister would contend that in the struggle for human dignity, the oppressed people of the world must not succumb to the temptation of becoming bitter or indulging in hate campaigns. To retaliate in kind would do nothing but intensify the existence of hate in the universe. Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can only be done by projecting the ethic of love to the center of our lives." [1]"

[1] Martin Luther King, Jr., Stride toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story (Harper and Row: 1958), 103–104.

Susan Vorwerk, 7/31/2020