January 21, 2018



This past Monday was a federal holiday in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., a national hero in the cause of civil rights. The day was marked in many places with a day off from work and many people remembered him in different ways. There were lots of words spoken and written about his legacy of nonviolence. One author, writing I think for National Geographic, posed the question about how our world would have been different had he lived. They admitted that this was pure speculation but that we might get clues about how things would have been different from examining the lives of those who survived him. Fair enough. His wife, Coretta Scott King, did in fact take up the torch as a political activist and left her own mark on the civil rights and political scene.

But from the outset as I read the article, being somewhat of a cynic, I began to wonder if the author would address another civil rights issue. One that would be very relevant, you would think, for “a man of the cloth”. Rev. King, after all, was a Baptist minister and a preacher of the gospel. The civil rights issue that I’m referring to was not a very hot topic when he died, but several years later the civil rights of unborn children were certainly diminished when our country’s highest court decided that they could be legally executed in their mother’s wombs. What would Rev. King have said about that? Well again, we can’t speculate for sure about what he would have said and done on their behalf, but what about those closest to him. Well like I Implied, the author did not get around to that particular question, but I do know that one of Martin Luther King‘s relatives, a niece named Alveda, is indeed an activist on behalf of the unborn – and a very vocal one at that. She has visited us here in the Brighton area and one would get the impression, based on what she said, that her uncle Martin would have definitely been a defender of the unborn.

This Monday is the anniversary of the U. S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision and many people will be going to Washington to protest that ruling. Among them will be our own very dedicated youth group who will do an overnighter. That means: ride, March, and ride back. Sleeping on the bus. As they said, it will be great fun. (Yeah, right). Kudos to my friend and colleague, Fr. Richard, who will be doing the same thing with his students from FGR. Pray for him.


I like to add videos to our “links” category on our website. You can find it under the media heading up top.

The most recent addition involves a mini-tour of the universe as provided by the Hubble telescope. Very interesting. As the Psalm says, “the heavens proclaim the glory of God”.

Well, I have to apologize. I dropped the ball. Last Wednesday was the birthday of our patroness, St. Philomena. January 10 is her big day, and we missed it. This information about her came to us by way of a private revelation back in the 19th century. So, on Thursday, we sang her a belated happy birthday song and promised to do better on her next feast day which is May 25. That’s the day her relics were discovered in the catacombs in Rome in 1802. Fr. J


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