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.
Pope Francis’s exhortation on January 1st, 2017, the “World Day of Peace” gives us hope for what is possible. Pope Francis shows us how Jesus lived in violent times and yet he never took part in that violence, but he promoted peace even to his death. In this New Year of 2017 we remain committed to this movement of nonviolence in our lives and in all that we do.
Loving God, we beg your forgiveness for twenty years of US warmaking in Iraq–for destroying Iraq’s infrastructure by massive bombings, for using highly toxic weapons, including depleted uranium, that contaminated Iraq’s land and water, and which have caused cancer, severe birth defects and other illnesses for numerous Iraqis.
Each day, at the same time, we are asking Pax Christi USA members, friends and all people of faith, to take five minutes to join in prayer with others around the world for peace. We pray that this year will be the last year of war in Iraq, and we offer our prayer so that […]