A Passage From “The Sermon On The Common” By Arturo Giovannitti

Arturo Giovannitti was an Italian who emigrated to North America in the early 1900s. It was a time of great discrimination and inequality for Italians in the United States then. Italians were falsely considered a lesser people, as has unfortunately happened far too many times to far too many different ethnic groups in a nation dedicated to the “poor huddled masses yearning to be free”.

Giovannitti studied theology, eventually becoming a labor leader, poet and political activist.

By design, my blog is neither religious nor political but when I read this sermon and thought about the state of the world today, I was touched deeply by Giovannitt’s words. I wanted to share an excerpt from what was perhaps his most famous work.

I hope you will find it as moving as I did.

"...Blessed are the strong in freedom's spirit: for 
theirs is the kingdom of the earth.
Blessed are they that mourn their martyred 
dead: for they shall avenge them upon their 
murderers and be comforted.
Blessed are the rebels: for they shall reconquer 
the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after 
equality: for they shall eat the fruit of their 
Blessed are the strong: for they shall not taste 
the bitterness of pity.
Blessed are the sincere in heart: for they shall 
see truth.
Blessed are they that do battle against wrong: 
for they shall be called the children of Liberty.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for equality's  
 sake: for theirs is the glory of the brotherhood
 of man..."

7 thoughts on “A Passage From “The Sermon On The Common” By Arturo Giovannitti

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  2. I grew up with a book, a beautiful book called “Wild Pilgrimage”. All woodcuts by Lynd Ward with a quotation from Giovanitti’s poem “The Walker” inscribed by Giovanitti to my Aunt Margaret DiMaggio with whom I’d lived for a time as a child, and who had been his lover, I think, in the 30s. He was quite an amazing man! Very dramatic, with cape and cane, he’d hold forth with astounding oratory whenever the moment called for it, which was often.
    In these troubled times, his words once again speak to our souls.
    Thank you for bringing him back to my consciousness!

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