“We must love our neighbor
as being made in the image
of God and as an object of
His love.”

St. Vincent de Paul

 

Peace and Nonviolence Justice Circles

 

In 1985, Pax Christi USA offered its members a Vow of Nonviolence. It was composed by Eileen Egan and Fr. John Dear. The Vow can be pronounced privately, with a local peace community, as part of a parish liturgy, or any other way that suits you. Many profess the Vow each year as part of their New Year observance.

RECOGNIZING THE VIOLENCE IN MY OWN HEART, yet trusting in the goodness and mercy of God, I vow for one year to practice the nonviolence of Jesus who taught us in the Sermon on the Mount:
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons and daughters of God…You have learned how it was said, ‘You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy’; but I say to you, Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you. In this way, you will be daughters and sons of your Creator in heaven.”

I vow to carry out in my life the love and example of Jesus as I:

  • strive for peace within myself and seek to be a peacemaker in my daily life;
  • refuse to retaliate in the face of provocation and violence; by persevering in nonviolence of tongue and heart;
  • live conscientiously and simply so that I do not deprive others of the means to live;
  • actively resist evil and work nonviolently to abolish war and the causes of war from my own heart and from the face of the earth;
  • learn, practice, experiment together with the meaning and power of creative peace and nonviolence, seeing nonviolence as a spirituality;
  • explore intersections with other Justice Circles – for example, nonviolence and earth justice; peace and racial justice; nonviolence and immigration;
  • understand nonviolence as a spirituality that invites us to value the encounter with others, attentive and quiet listening, and the importance of presence;
  • identify advocacy opportunities – legislation, petitions, rallies;
  • draw on art, music and other expressions of peace and nonviolence that inspire;
  • connect with partners – such as:

Join us! Our meeting takes place on the Fourth Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. -noon ET (virtual via Zoom).

Contact:

S. Andrea Koverman
aekoverman@aol.com 
843.597.2270

S. Louise Lears
louiselears@mac.com 
513.646.8593

According to Catholic Social Teaching, we are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world.

At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that “if you want peace, work for justice.” The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers. Our love for all our sisters and brothers demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.

“Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good”
(Romans 12)

“Nonviolence is not primarily a tactic. It is a way of living and being and expressing the truth of your soul in the world.” (Daniel Berrigan)

“There is so much focus on the distinction between nonviolence and violence, between nonviolent people and violent people. But in reality it’s not that easy to take sides like that. One can never be sure that one is completely on the side of nonviolence or that the other person is completely on the side of violence. Nonviolence is a direction, not a separating line. It has no boundaries.” (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Gun violence in the U.S. is a complex problem. No single law, or set of laws, can prevent every act of gun violence in our country. The Second Amendment guarantees and individual the right to bear arms and most gun owners are responsible, law-abiding and use their guns safely. Together we can confront the culture of violence with love and work to promote a culture that values life, peace and the inherent dignity of all. Consider the following points from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Choose the points that resonate with you. Then take action. READ MORE

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