Peace and Nonviolence in 2014

The start of a new year. A time to stop and take stock. A time to pray for peace. A time to commit to being a person of peace and nonviolence. At least in my book.

The Catholic Church celebrates New Year's Day as the World Day of Peace. In his first World Day of Peace Message, Pope Francis calls each of us to recognize that we are kin, all God's children, even across borders and differences.
A lively awareness of our relatedness helps us to look upon and to treat each person as a true sister or brother ... All men and women enjoy an equal and inviolable dignity. All are loved by God.
He comes to the radical yet simple conclusion that recognition of this kinship (or "fraternity") is the "foundation and pathway of peace."

I received word today that the Leadership Team of my congregation, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, have endorsed the new Campaign Nonviolence, an effort of Pace e Bene. It is no coincidence that they announced this at the new year, on the occasion of the World Day of Peace, when we are called to recognize each other as kin and to act with love and respect that honors that God given relationship.

We are called to be women and men of peace, but we must respond, act, and commit to taking this relationship and call seriously.

That's where Campaign Nonviolence comes in. As we begin this new year, consider taking the Campaign Nonviolence Pledge. Click here to learn more!

Blessings of Peace!

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