Peace & Nonviolence

Peace and Nonviolence

 “The world must be educated to love peace, to build it up and defend it.” [Pope Paul VI, 1968]

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“Peace is not a dream or something utopian; it is possible. Our gaze needs to go deeper, beneath superficial appearances and phenomena, to discern a positive reality which exists in human hearts, since every man and woman has been created in the image of God and is called to grow and contribute to the building of a new world. God…has entered into history and has brought about a new creation and a new covenant between God and man (cf. Jer 31:31-34), thus enabling us to have a “new heart” and a “new spirit” (cf. Ez 36:26).  For this very reason the Church is convinced of the urgency of a new proclamation of Jesus Christ, the first and fundamental factor of the integral development of peoples and also of peace. Jesus is indeed our peace, our justice and our reconciliation (cf. Eph 2:14; 2 Cor 5:18). The peacemaker, according to Jesus’ beatitude, is the one who seeks the good of the other, the fullness of good in body and soul, today and tomorrow.” [Pope Benedict XVI, 2013]

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As followers of the nonviolent Christ, we want to proclaim an alternative way of living in a world of violence and strife–one committed to healing, reconciliation, and peace.  To help us on this journey, we have several opportunities for involvement at Incarnation.

  • Just Peacemaking Initiative: The Challenge and Promise of Nonviolence for Our Time – This is a twelve-week offering from JustFaith Ministries that helps to open a space for prayer, reflection, learning, and thoughtful, respectful conversation around how we can work together to build cultures of peace in our communities and world.
  • Pax Christi – Pax Christi is a Catholic peace seeking organization
  • Pax Christi Pray-Study-Act Resources – If you would like to receive regular emails containing prayers, updates, and action alerts about peace-seeking efforts taking place in the US and internationally through Pax Christi, please click on the link and fill in your information to subscribe.
  • Pace e Bene – An international community creating a culture of nonviolence. We hosted the founder of Pace e Bene, Fr. John Dear, for a talk on the Nonviolence of Christ in the spring of 2017.  Check out our parish library for his books and more resources.