“Optimism and hope are radically different attitudes. Optimism is the expectation that things-the weather, human relationships, the economy, the political situation, and so on-will get better. Hope is the trust that God will fulfill God’s promises to us in a way that leads us to true freedom. The optimist speaks about concrete changes in the future. The person of hope lives in the moment with the knowledge and trust that all of life is in good hands.

All the great spiritual leaders in history were people of hope. Abraham, Moses, Ruth, Mary, Jesus, Rumi, Gandhi, and Dorothy Day all lived with a promise in their hearts that guided them toward the future without the need to know exactly what it would look like. Let’s live with hope.”

-Henri Nouwen

Understanding the King Holiday: A Reflection and a Poem


It is my contention that Martin Luther King Jr. lived and died with same this hope.

Today on Catholic365.com, I have published an excerpt from my master’s thesis, Making All Things New: The Redemptive Value of Unmerited Suffering In the Life and Works of Martin Luther King Jr.” (master’s thesis), Wake Forest University, 2000.

Please remember that the King Holiday is a call to action, to help others and to draw together as people, not a day to play.