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Jan 19, 2021

This is Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. This week we remember and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a civil rights leader. Last year during a summer of racial tension in our country, we were forced, once again, to face the evil of racism and reflect on its tragic impact on our communities. We have much work to do, and it will take a commitment from all of us. One of the lights on the path of racial justice is Dr. King’s call for us to work peacefully and diligently for cultural, social, and governmental change. These efforts remain essential to our Christian work and witness in the world. Working together to eradicate racism with the help of God is an ongoing process rooted in faith, hope, and love. For as Dr. King himself reminded us, “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”