What binds us together across our differences in religion or politics or economic theory is that when each one of us is cut, our blood flows red. Mine does and yours does too. Those who would try to appropriate God or family or country for their own narrow ends, who believe that religious faith is the property of one particular ideology, forget the width of God’s embrace, the healing power of a family’s arms, and the generosity of this country’s vision. God, family, and the nation belong to us all. And they belong to us all because of all that we share as human beings-the wonder that we experience when we look at the night sky; the gratitude that we know when we feel the heat of the sun; the sense of humor in the face of the unbearable and the persistence of suffering. And one more thing; The capacity to reach across our differences to offer a hand of healing

~Edward M. Kennedy

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