Tag Archives: Nonviolence

Making Peace Like St. Francis

Franciscan Way: Part Two Making Peace Like St. Francis Friday, October 11, 2019 My Franciscan brother Fr. Louie Vitale, who has been a peace activist for almost 40 years, tells how St. Francis was working for peace even at the end of his life. At the time, Bishop Guido of Assisi excommunicated the mayor of… Continue Reading Making Peace Like St. Francis

Francis and the Wolf

Franciscan Way: Part Two Francis and the Wolf Sunday, October 6, 2019 Carlo Carretto (1910–1988) was a member of the Little Brothers of Jesus, a community of contemplatives based on the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi and founded by Charles de Foucauld (1858–1916). Carretto’s life, like that of Francis, was a combination of action… Continue Reading Francis and the Wolf

Peacemakers: Weekly Summary

Peacemakers Summary: Sunday, September 15—Friday, September 20, 2019 Much of Christianity seems to have forgotten Jesus’ teachings on nonviolence. We’ve relegated visions of a peaceful kingdom to a far distant heaven, hardly believing Jesus could have meant we should turn the other cheek here and now. (Sunday) Nonviolence is not ineffective, passive, weak, utopian, naïve,… Continue Reading Peacemakers: Weekly Summary

Working Together

Peacemakers Working Together Friday, September 20, 2019 If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. — Shared by Lilla Watson [1] In our Living School, we emphasize contemplative solidarity with those who are marginalized… Continue Reading Working Together

Meditating on the Sermon on the Mount

Peacemakers Meditating on the Sermon on the Mount Thursday, September 19, 2019 You have heard it said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” —Matthew 5:43-44 In addition to the Bhagavad Gita, Mahatma Gandhi considered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew… Continue Reading Meditating on the Sermon on the Mount

Cultivating Nonviolence

Peacemakers Cultivating Nonviolence Wednesday, September 18, 2019 If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, first go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. —Matthew 5:23-24 Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount describes unconditional love in action. Tomorrow we’ll… Continue Reading Cultivating Nonviolence

Embodying Nonviolence

Peacemakers Embodying Nonviolence Tuesday, September 17, 2019 Mohandas Gandhi (1869–1948) used to say that every world religion knows that Jesus taught nonviolence, lived nonviolently, and died a nonviolent death except one: Christianity! Gandhi took the Gospel and his own Hindu texts seriously. He believed our core identity is union with God and that the fruit… Continue Reading Embodying Nonviolence

Learning Nonviolence

Peacemakers Learning Nonviolence Monday, September 16, 2019 This week I’ll share a couple reflections from Ken Butigan and John Dear, two leaders of Campaign Nonviolence, a grassroots movement organized by Pace e Bene. Nonviolent actions are taking place all over the United States and world this week! [1] In the face of gun violence, racism,… Continue Reading Learning Nonviolence

Love Is Our Nature

Peacemakers Love Is Our Nature Sunday, September 15, 2019 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. —Matthew 5:9 Before you speak of peace, you must first have it in your heart. —St. Francis of Assisi [1] Much of Christianity seems to have forgotten Jesus’ teachings on nonviolence. We’ve relegated visions… Continue Reading Love Is Our Nature

Nonviolence: Weekly Summary

Nonviolence Summary: Sunday, August 18—Friday, August 23, 2019 The root of violence is the illusion of separation—from God, from being one with oneself and everything else, and from Being Itself. (Sunday) Mohandas Gandhi said nonviolence was the active, unconditional love toward others, the persistent pursuit of truth, the radical forgiveness toward those who hurt us,… Continue Reading Nonviolence: Weekly Summary

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