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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 
labor.
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..."
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