Jim Wayne: The Fruit of Prayer, Gun Violence Responses, CST Database
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Jim Wayne: The Fruit of Prayer

"When the dark powers seem to be winning, our impulses tell us to get angry, fight back, win the argument of the day. As human as such reactions may seem, there is a stronger, more profound response necessary: that we respect our opponent, pray for our enemy and speak truth with love. And again, this can only happen with prayer."

Jim Wayne is a member of the JPIC Committee and is retiring from nearly 30 years of service in the Kentucky legislature where he was a tireless witness for peace, justice and a moral public policy.

Read the essay here.

Image: Kevin Sprouls, 
New Passionist Newsletter from the UK

We welcome another excellent Passionist Newsletter!  

The inaugural issue was created by Paschal Somers and John Thornhill from the Congregation of the Passion, St. Peter’s Parish Centre in Coventry.
The content is diverse and has many good articles and features focusing on the strong JPIC work being done in the UK. These include Columban James Trewby and Richard Solly, Coordinator of London Mining Network.

See the newsletter here

Photo: Image altered from original by British graffiti artist Banksy.
U.S. Gun Violence - Responses
In the wake of recent mass shootings in the U.S. we have seen many youth take leadership to address the violence of guns. Laws have been passed in Florida that raise the minimum age for gun purchasing to 21, yet they also provide resources for arming school staff. The NRA has decided to sue them for the age minimum change. President Trump signaled support for a higher age minimum but after consulting with the NRA, he has changed his mind and is primarily calling for arming teachers.

We American Christians we now live in the most armed and militarized society in the world. The presence of guns is often a barrier to our imagination and capacity to engage conflict in a healthy and transformative way. This habit will exacerbate and continue our de-humanization if we don't take a stronger stand. Provincial Br. Kevin Griffith, CFC encouraged all of their schools to take such a stronger stand by participating in the March 24th "March for Our Lives" and the April 20th walk-out day. 

1) Email congress to call for better gun regulation, no arming of teachers, and restorative justice processes for dealing with conflict and harm in schools.
2) Participate in the Friday, April 20th events. 
3) Diminish the power of the NRA in our politics through boycotts of enabling companies, divestment from gun companies, and calling out politicians who get NRA funds.
4) Learn the facts about gun violence

Appreciation for this compilation to Eli S. McCarthy, Director of Justice and Peace Conference of Major Superiors of Men

Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Birmingham, Alabama combines academic rigor and a corporate work-study program to empower students from economically challenged families to graduate high school prepared to persist in college and flourish in life.  See their new video out highlighting the education, mission and values its school community offers.  Click on the image below for the video

Video:  An Improbable Work of Grace: Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School

Bridges not Walls
Ten [U.S. Catholic] bishops made a pilgrimage to the Israel and Palestine Holy Land on January 18 – 27, 2018. Reflecting on their experience they noted the "many walls and some bridges" they encountered as they "sought out those on the peripheries." The visit had as its theme, "Bridges, Not Walls," to help connect the bishops' domestic experiences of walls on the U.S. southern border to the reality of walls in the Holy Land. 

The group traveled extensively in the West Bank, including to Hebron, Susya and Bethlehem, witnessing firsthand the "stark reminders of the Israeli occupation—check-points that inhibit movement, confiscations of Palestinian lands, expansion of Israeli settlements, and a security barrier whose route cuts deep into the West Bank, which together with Israeli-only bypass roads, strangles natural urban growth and divides the Palestinian Territories into non-contiguous cantons."

The full report is here.   

Photo: Nativity Wall believed to painted by British graffiti artist Banksy.
Pre-order the new book by Marie Dennis: Choosing Peace published by Orbis books. “Drawn from the [historic conference hosted at the Vatican in 2016] and presented here are contributions by many of the participants, including Lisa Sowle Cahill, Terrence J. Rynne, John Dear, Ken Butigan, Rose Marie Berger, and Maria J. Stephan, among others. Together they advance the conversation about the practice of nonviolence in a violent world, Jesus and nonviolence, traditional Catholic teaching on nonviolence, and reflections on the future of Catholic teaching. The book concludes with Pope Francis’s historic Message for World Peace Day in 2017.”

Bringing Catholic Social Teaching and International Human Rights into Dialogue

Explore Convocate, a free online tool for human rights research  offered by  The Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) at the University of Notre Dame that allows researchers, scholars, practitioners, advocates, ministers, students, and other interested individuals to simultaneously search and compare documents of Catholic Social Teaching and international human rights law.
Worth repeating:  Poor People’s Campaign:
A National Call for Moral Revival

Fifty years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King called for a Poor People’s Campaign to begin a “revolution of values” in America. He and other leaders invited people of all races and religions to unite against the evils of racism, poverty, and militarism. 

The new U.S. campaign is reigniting these efforts to unite the poor, disenfranchised, and marginalized to transform our nation’s political, economic and moral structures. Over 30 state campaigns launched at state capitals across the U.S. on February 5, "serving notice that if our voices are not heard and our issues remain unaddressed, we are prepared to take direct action and engage in nonviolent civil disobedience." 

Linking Justice and Peace in the Lectionary

The following homily resources are from the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM). The Passionist JPIC office collaborates with other community JPIC offices and we would love to see other homily resources coming from the Passionist charism. Contact the Passionist JPIC office if you would like to contribute.  If you yourself do not give homilies please consider sharing these resources with a local priest.

Sunday, April 8 by Diane Bergent, CSA
Sunday, April 15 by John Bostwick, O.Praem.

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