Category Archives: Peace

17 Tammuz

Tuesday as a fast day for peace: Rabbi Arthur Waskow writes in The American Muslim: What is 17 Tammuz about? It commemorates the day when the Babylonian Army broke through the walls of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, three weeks before … Continue reading

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Pacifist Expelled From Jesuits

I saw a story on a conservative blog a few days ago stating that Pope Francis kicked John Dear out of the order. That’s actually not true, according to a more respectable journalist. I encountered John Dear’s autobiography, A Persistent … Continue reading

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Selfishness and Peace

An ethic of barely disguised selfishness is no longer a Christian ethic. Nor can we afford to raise this to the national level and assume that the world will adjust itself if every nation seeks its own advantage before everything … Continue reading

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Pope John XXIII on Insufficient Influence

In our own day, … as regards the preservation of the security and peace of the whole world … the rulers of individual nations, being all on an equal footing, largely fail in their efforts to achieve this, however much … Continue reading

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Talk, Believe, Work

It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. This quote is attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. I don’t know the context of it. I do … Continue reading

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The Third Fruit of the Spirit

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. Peace may be the third of Saint Paul’s nine fruits of the Spirit, but it … Continue reading

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Thomas Merton on Prayer and Sacrifice

During the Peace Vigil (noon to five in my central US afternoon), I’d like to post hourly on things I’ve found this past week in my reading and research for materials. Why do Catholics pray, and especially fast? What good … Continue reading

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