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Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight.

--Sirach 27:30

 

Several things are overlapping at this moment. The national movement, Campaign Nonviolence, begins its annual “week” this coming September 21 on the International Day of Peace and concludes October 2 on the International Day of Nonviolence. Campaign Nonviolence seeks to mainstream nonviolence as a way of life and opposes war, poverty, racism, and environmental destruction. Speaking of the latter, this is also the annual Season of Creation whose theme this year is “Let Justice and Peace Flow.” “God wants justice to reign,” states Pope Francis in his Day of Creation message 9/1/2023, which “is essential for our proper life as children created in the image of God, no less than water is essential for our physical survival.” Pope Francis proclaims that it is precisely “our unbridled burning of fossil fuels and the destruction of forests that are raising temperatures and provoking great droughts”, while “the terrible shortage of water increasingly besets our homes, from small rural communities to large metropolises.”

As I am writing this column, I am watching the catastrophic results of the firestorm in Lahaina, Maui. The loss of life in an out-of-control fire is devastating. One person interviewed said that the fire hydrants literally had no water.

Pope Francis states in his encyclical, Laudato Si’, that “everything is connected.” If, in fact, everything is connected then, in order to have peace with each other and the earth, several nonviolent actions must be taken so that we can set in motion a “transformation of our hearts, our lifestyles and the public policies that govern our societies” (Pope Francis 9/1/2023).

Pope Francis explains: “Peace means Forgiveness. . .[and] makes it possible to heal old wounds. Peace means Welcome, openness to dialogue, the overcoming of closed-mindedness. . . Peace means Cooperation, a concrete and active exchange with another. . .Peace denotes Education, a call to learn every day. . .to acquire a culture of encounter, purifying the conscience of every temptation to violence. . .” (9/20/16). Forgiveness. Welcome. Cooperation. Education. If we truly want peace on earth and with creation, we must involve ourselves in all four. Yet, as Sirach states “the sinner hugs them tight.” We hold on to our grudges, we close the door on encounters with others and the earth, we seek to dominate not cooperate, and we fail to educate ourselves. Will you let yourself be transformed?

For CNV events: www.paceebene.org

For Season of Creation: www.seasonofcreation.org 

Barbara Molinari Quinby, MPS, Director

Office of Human Life, Dignity, and Justice Ministries

Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, Raleigh, NC

 


JUSTICE PREACHING ARCHIVE

HOME Justice Bulletin Board VIEW FROM DEATH ROW RESPONDING TO JOHN GRISHAM A New Year RACE, INNOCENCE AND THE END OF THE DEATH PENALTY Two Essays on Peace A RENEWED CALL TO RESTORE CIVILITY IN POLITICAL DEBATES AND OTHER AREAS A CALL TO HELP ELDERS RECLAIM AND LIVE THEIR HUMAN VALUES A CALL TO NAME A Call To Respect and Welcome Diversity - A Challenge of Our Faith Addressing White Power and Priviledge An Ethical Reflection on Work... A Re-energized Catholic Church A Renewed Call for Nuclear Disarmament A THEOLOGY FOR CARING FOR THE EARTH Called to Proclaim and Live With Moral Courage Called To Protect the Poor In Our Economic System A RENEWED CALL TO HEAL A DIVIDED WORLD Call To Persevere In Praying and Working for Peace Care For the Environment Care for the Earth Caritas in Veritate The Challenge of Discipleship Comprehensive Immigration Reform WORKING TO CREATE A CULTURE OF PEACE The Death Penalty Revisited What Is Ecological Economics Eliminating Global Poverty Global Warming... Calling for an Urgent and Ethical Response God's Fool Green Congretations - A Growing Movement More Gun Control Healing the Racial Divide Speaking the Truth in Today's World Takes Courage Justice and Compassion Labor Issues and the Catholic Church Is More Consumer Spending the Answer? Moving from A Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace Preaching Justice & Moving from Violence to Peace MULTICULTURALISM – A GIFT AND A CHALLENGE OF TITLES AND TITTLES Reaching For the Stars - Brenda Walsh A Call To Reduce Prison Population The Relationship Between Labor And the Catholic Church Sermon On Domestic Violence Sustainability The Death Penalty The New Economy Movement The Role of Ethical Standards... War Is Not the Answer Witnesses To Hope


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