Why Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace Message is Such a Breakthrough

That Pope Francis consciously chose “nonviolence” as the theme of his message to the world on New Year ’s Day, 2017, is in itself a powerful fact. The Pope unabashedly pointed out that “(Jesus)… taught his disciples to love their enemies and to turn the other cheek. … Jesus marked out the path of nonviolence. He walked that path to the very end, to the cross.”

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Do Not Resist One Who Is Evil: Questioning Walter Wink’s Interpretation of Mt 5:38-41

Jesus’ point in Mt 5:38-42 appears to be that we are not to retaliate for evil done to us, and when someone imposes on us, we are to accept the imposition and even go beyond the minimum demanded.

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End Drone Warfare Now!

We decry our government’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) as the new face of war. Under the U.N. Charter, a member state may use military force only in defense to an armed attack or with the authorization of the Security Council. We call for an immediate end to the use of armed drones.

Is the Just War Tradition Compatible with the New Testament?

Can anyone seriously imagine Jesus pulling out a sword and hacking and thrusting his way through the stone throwers? The notion that Christians can wage war as long as they kill with love for the enemy in their hearts is as foreign to the New Testament as it is to reason and experience.

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Reflection for TASSC Survivor Week Vigil

Our bodies are sacred, to be used to love, teach, heal, and bless, as Christ did. It is therefore a grave offense for anyone to abuse, violate, torture the body of another, which was made for wholeness and holiness. It is a grave offense against that person’s body, but also against the whole Body of Christ, of which we are members. For when one member of the body suffers, the whole body suffers.

Psalm of the Cosmos

Loving God, loving God, all creation calls you blessed, and so do we, and so do we. Loving God, all your creation calls you blessed. Your spirit imprints the whole universe with life and mystery. Yes, all creation proclaims your love. We now join this chorus of praise. Loving God, all of nature calls you […]

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