Written on: September 17, 2020
Below is a forward invitation from the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative to participate in the first annual Catholic Nonviolence Days of Action. Follow the link above where you will find abundant information about the event as well as how you can participate. We think you will agree that it comes at such an appropriate time in the life of our nation and perfect for stirring the embers of our desire to live nonviolently as we follow the nonviolent Jesus through the maze of violence tearing at the heart of who we want to be.
You are encouraged to read the materials and do whatever you feel called to do and certainly pass it on to others.
Pace e bene,
Sister Diane Bardol, GNSH
“[I] call on all people of good will to recognize what Christians profess as a consequence of faith: that it is only by considering our peers as brothers and sisters that humanity can overcome wars and conflicts. … Your thoughts on revitalizing the tools of nonviolence, and of active nonviolence in particular, will be a needed and positive contribution.”
Pope Francis in his welcoming remarks to the April 2016 Nonviolence and Just Peace conference participants, delivered by Cardinal Peter Turkson
Five years ago Pope Francis sent that message to Pax Christi International’s first “Nonviolence and Just Peace” conference in Rome and the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative was born. Since then we have been working to promote the vision and practice of active nonviolence which Jesus proclaimed and embodied.
This year we invite you to participate in the first annual Catholic Nonviolence Days of Action, September 21 (the International Day of Peace) through October 2 (the International Day of Nonviolence and Gandhi’s birthday).
The theme this first year is: “Making Active Nonviolence Our Way of Life in the Church and the World.” In solidarity with all of the organizations in the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative around the world, we invite you to pray, study, act and celebrate the power of nonviolence during these special days—September 21-October 2.
You’ll find news and resources for the celebration HERE. In addition, our colleagues at Pax Christi USA have created a new page on their website to keep you up-to-date on national participation and provide additional resources for the Catholic Nonviolence Days of Action.