The Message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Peace 2017 “Everyone can be an artisan of peace” guided the meeting of the English JPIC promoters in Rome. Andreas Göpfert, Mafr (Missionary of Africa)who has a background of studies in peace building and extensive experience in conducting workshops on nonviolence in parts of West Africa, was the presenter.
20 February—World Day of Social Justice which supports efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all. http:// www.un.org/en/events/socialjusticeday/
20 November: Universal Children’s Day (A/RES/836 IX) promotes and celebrates the rights of children.
25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women(A/RES/54/134) aim to raise public awareness and mobilizing people everywhere to bring about change that eliminates violence against women.
29 November: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (A/RES/32/40B) reaffirms the commitment to support just peace for the people of Israel and Palestine.
On November 16, 1995, the fiftieth anniversary of the 1945 signing of the UNESCO Constitution, the UNESCO Member States adopted a “Declaration of Principles on Tolerance”. Among other things, the Declaration affirms that tolerance is neither indulgence nor indifference. It is respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. Tolerance recognizes the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. People are naturally diverse; only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe.
Prayer God, we have suffered conflict with those we perceived as different from us, we have seen our cultures touched by injustice and petty cruelties, we have built walls to separate ourselves from others we were afraid to face, we have pretended that problems are behind us and that we are already perfect. We are not. But, by your grace, we are reconciled to pressing on together to the fullness which lies ahead. So we bring together our races, languages, traditions, politics, and cultures. We are reconciled to the patience and persistence that make peace; to the transparency and fairness that make justice; to the forgiveness and restitution that build harmony; to the love and reconstruction which banish poverty and discrimination; to the experience of knowing one another that makes it possible to enjoy one another; to the spiritual strength of the one God who made us of one flesh and blood, and loves us; and to Jesus Christ, who binds many together in his body, and in whose name we pray. Amen
Adapted from a prayer by Archbishop Desmond Tutu (at the South Africa National Service of Thanksgiving, May 8 1994, printed in an African Prayer Book)
by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ of Tanzania / sister Eva Mroso ASC
God has called us Adorers to proclaim his Kingdom to his people and to witness his love through our life of mission, sacrifice and prayer. Because of this, our devotions and prayer always push us to serve our dear neighbors with love, to be the voice for the voiceless, especially marginalized peoples. Continue reading Living and serving among God’s people
This commission is very creative and for this Easter time they are suggesting eight steps which can help us to live as “Resurrected People”. Relationships, Rest and Life as resurrected are helping us to transform our lives.
Dedicate time to human relations, in family with friends, with neighbors and your community. Live Sunday dinner as an important time for sharing,, inviting to your table every once in a while someone who lives alone and is in difficult times, situations. Open your home to share food with another, to taste the joy of getting to know each other and being together.
Leave Sunday free from shopping. If you need something, knock on your neighbor’s door and you will also make a friend. Don’t close yourself up in a mall, but take your family, your friends, or a neighbor. Go walk or ride the bike in your neighborhood to be able to observe carefully and see the beauty as well as the wounds that need to be healed.
Promote initiatives for getting together where you live. Organize in your neighborhood, together with the other families near you, times to be together, paying attention to who is more alone. Exchange news, play games, or watch a film and talk about it. Or still, visit a museum, a park, or an historic site.
Take time to rest: to be regenerated from the rush and fatigue of the week and to live moments of rest and relaxation, alone or with others. Let go of the frenzy and get into a slow rhythm which lets you be more sensitive to others: you will feel how heavy words of disdain and division are, especially the last.
Rediscover the taste for stopping to contemplate reality: Relive the experience of God who rested on the Sabbath to contemplate the beauty of all of creation. Take on a style of contemplation to enjoy the beauty of everything created. Insert a time of silence, to be able to find yourself, the other and God, in a better way of getting a hold of your life plan.
Live truly the Day of the Lord: Rediscover together with your Christian community how to celebrate the Eucharist around the Resurrected one. Stay a little after Mass to meet others and to wish them a good Sunday. Also promote with your community a time every month to reflect, with a speaker, ending with lunch together.
Celebrate the Eucharist with your community as a powerful experience. Make an effort so the celebration is not sad or boring but a vibrant encounter with the Risen Lord, one that radiates Easter Joy. Give a precious hand to your parish community so that it does not only celebrate Masses, but also provides Sunday time and space for fellowship.
Make yours an Easter Style: to live life with Joy, working to transform every iniquity to peace, justice and love for all of humanity, along the way of the cross which leads to Easter life. Prune the useless so that the essential will get strength and new energy. Listen to the cry of the land and of the poor that impels you to create a song of hope to announce a new day.
N.B. Why the “ottalogo” the eight ‘commandments’, eight steps ? Eight are the beatitudes that impel us to work for the positive, relying on the good that each one can do, and that create happiness. The eighth day is the day of the Resurrected, the day after the Sabbath which is the day of the Lord, Sunday. It calls us, then, to live an Easter life with an everyday, weekday commitment.