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All-American Mosaic

Written by Joseph R. Veneroso, MM
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Joseph R. Veneroso, MM

 

What makes America great?
     Military might or material wealth?
Democratic ideals or Republican values?
Freedom to say and be and do what you please?
A history of helping those in need?
The right to criticize elected officials and
     government policies without fear?
The peace in which to worship God
     or the choice not to believe at all?
Tolerance for those who disagree?
All, some or none of the above?

What makes America different?

That we are a nation without faults or
that we have the wisdom and courage
     to acknowledge and correct them?
That we close our minds and borders
or that we welcome all who come
—as once we or our ancestors did—
seeking freedom and a better life?

That in America all must think, talk, eat,
dress, act, love, pray and live alike?
Or that each individual can pursue
his or her own vision of happiness?

What makes America different?

Our tolerance for differences.


Diversity makes America great.
Diversity makes America strong.

Each addition to our ranks enriches
     and empowers the whole.

We hold these truths to be self-evident.

Reprinted from Maryknoll magazine Vol 89, Number 7, 1995, Maryknollmagazine.org.

 


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