Friar Don Miller. OFM
I am a Franciscan priest. I spent my early years of ministry in New Mexico working among the Pueblo Native Americans and the Hispanics. In 1978 I began my years in academics working as a chaplain, faculty member, and administrator at various universities in the southwest and the midwest. I taught various course in theology, especially in my area of specialty which is moral theology. I have been the Vocation Director for the Province of Saint John the Baptist since 2003.
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An Historical Reflection

I'm old enough to remember the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. I remember Martin Luther King's address given on this date in 1963. I remember the hope that his I have a dream speech invoked in the hearts of all of us. I remember the heady, hopeful days of Kennedy's election and the tragedy of his and his brother's and King's assassinations.

As I watch the Democratic Convention this week I cannot help but think back on those days. There is a similarity with the 1960 Convention when John Kennedy was nominated and the country hoped again in a dream. I feel that once again the country feels that we have a dream of being what God has called us to be.

The fact that Hillary talked on the anniversary of the passing of the amendment to the Constitution that gave women the right to vote and the fact that Barack Obama will speak tonight on the anniversary of King's great speech cannot help but make me proud of how far our country has come--and make me aware of how far we have yet to go.

God has richly blessed this country and is continuing to do so. But we cannot be complacent and act as though somehow we deserve only the best. Freedom isn't free and graces come with responsibilities. I pray for our country and the electoral process into which we are entering. And I have hope in the dream of change and development that spurs us on to be what God is calling us to be.


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