If you signed on to our NCR ad, and even if you did not, we hope you’ll contact your bishop personally and encourage him to read the Appeal and heed it. Included is a sample letter to use as a starting point. Make it your own as you choose. Thank you for all you are doing to promote peace and nonviolence in this Year of Mercy and beyond!
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.
We have, in fact, become a nation that worships the bomb and glorifies war. As a consequence we find ourselves morally blind, psychically numb, and forgetful of the fact that nuclear weapons, deployed on land, air, and sea, still endanger all life and, in a matter of minutes, could destroy our planet and God’s sacred creation. Originally published in the Winter 2012 online Issue of Tikkun, January 23, 2012
We stand on the shoulders of Giants. New Testament language: A great cloud of Witnesses. What kept them going? We can’t be them. We have to find our own source. Be who we are. We get a clue from one of those giants, Dan Berrigan.