I have a dream
Dinh Quang Ban
“I have a dream” is the name of a famous speech which Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. read from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, exactly 50 years ago, about his dream for America's future when whites and blacks will be living together in harmony and equality:
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”.
Blogger Anh Vu commented: “The dream of Martin Luther King Jr. that year – exactly 50 years ago [...] – was so wonderful that a half-century later not only can blacks ‘sit down together at a table of brotherhood’ with whites, but more than that, they can dream of becoming U.S. president, a second Obama. Though not nurturing an alien cult and not being an American, I greatly admire a country, a people which always strives to enhance the dignity of human beings, regardless of skin color, cultural roots, or religion....”
The Servant of God Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan also had a dream about the future of the Church, which he expressed while preaching the Lenten retreat to the Papal household in the Jubilee Year 2000:
“I dream of a Church that is a Holy Door, open, welcoming all, full of compassion and understanding of the pains and sufferings of humanity, a Church that has no other thought than of comforting...
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