Letter to the Editor

Who are the freedom ringers in the Wabash Valley?

Sunday, July 2, 2017

To the editor:

On July 4, as our country celebrates the gift of freedom, each of us is invited to examine how we are extending or denying that gift to others. Our history as a country is one of both providing opportunity for some and denying it to others.

But what is freedom? Do we believe it is something gained once and forever? Do we think it is only freedom from someone or something? Or is it something we choose and strive for on a daily basis, an ever present state of becoming as we mature as individuals and as a country?

We believe that genuine freedom reveals itself in respectful relationship with others and with the planet. True freedom breathes hospitality, compassion and justice into the life of a community creating a space for all to live without fear. True freedom protects the land, the air, the water essential to the well-being of the whole web of life.

Who are the freedom ringers in the Wabash Valley who choose day by day to make a positive difference in the lives of this community?

Who are those who strive to make all people feel welcome? Who are the churches, businesses, volunteers, neighbors who make a positive difference? Who are the people of diverse economic, educational, professional and ethnic backgrounds working in a cooperative manner to make this a better place to live?

On this July 4, let us thank them, support them, lift them up in celebration. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Let freedom ring!”

Sister Dawn Tomaszewski, Sister Lisa Stallings, Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp, Sister Mary Beth Klingel and Sister **Jenny Howard

The General Council of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods