by Joan Chittister, OSB
Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace
It’s 50 years later.
Fifty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Fifty years after the rise of Martin Luther King Jr.
Fifty years after the death of John XXIII.
Fifty years, that is, after a chorus of clarion calls for peace in foreign affairs, for equality in diversity, and for social justice as the essence of the faith. It is 50 years after three of the clearest, greatest calls for spiritual conversion in the history of the country.
Indeed, we have lived in an era of spiritual giants. And what do we have to show for it? Where are we now?
In his commencement speech at American University on June 10, 1963, Kennedy called for the most soul-changing conversion of heart at the height of the Cold War that the world had ever seen.…
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