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January 15, 2018, Adrian, Michigan – As our national sense of decency is assaulted by coarse and disrespectful public discourse, and our sense of unity fractured by words and actions that sow hatred and division, these words of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speak to us with fresh urgency today:
Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to [hu]mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies. This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one's tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all [hu]mankind. [April 4, 1967, Riverside Church]
Dr. King’s call to love is at the heart of our Christian faith. It is, as he notes, “the force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life.”
As we honor today the memory of one of our nation’s most prophetic national leaders, we Adrian Dominican Sisters call on ourselves and all people of faith and goodwill to strive to live that all-embracing love.
January 17, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office on January 20, the Leadership Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters invites the public to join the Congregation in praying daily for a peaceful transition of leadership and for the continued engagement of U.S. citizens in our system of democratic self-governance.
On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, through Inauguration Day on Friday, January 20, 2017, people of good will everywhere are invited to pray:
O Holy Mystery, we pray for a peaceful presidential transition. May your blessings be upon President Trump and his Cabinet as he takes office and on President Obama and his family as he returns to the role of citizen.
May we be sustained in our calling as engaged and faithful citizens, promoting the common good of people and planet.
The four days of prayer for the transition of leadership is reminiscent of the Leadership Council’s invitation in September 2016 for people of good will to pray for the 2016 presidential election. In the Eight for Eight initiative, people were invited to spend eight minutes in silent, contemplative prayer for eight Tuesdays – September 20 through Election Day, November 8 – holding the intention that the common good of all people and planet would arise as a central concern for all candidates and voters.
Members of the Leadership Council took as their inspiration the words of Pope Francis to members of the U.S. Congress on September 25, 2015: “You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics.”