Prayer service: Commit to centrality of Gospel nonviolence

Sr. Cathy Arata, SSND, who attended the Nonviolence & Just Peace conference held in Rome in April 2016, has prepared this two-page prayer service (PDF document). It guides participants through reflection on the conference’s final statement, An Appeal to the Catholic Church to Re-commit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence.

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  1. As an Associate of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and having known Sr. Mary Evelyn Jegen in her role as advocate of peace and justice as well as a kind and loving friend, I am compelled to pray for peace in this divided world. Notre Dame’s foundress, Julie Billiart, strikingly exemplified how to live in a “divided world” of eighteenth century France. Yet her understanding of the goodness of God which permeates all of our reality brought her the inner peace and perspective to work diligently to bring this about in her time through service to the poor, especially women and children, through education. Sisters and Associates today follow her example; and I am very grateful to be of their numbers. As peace begins within each one of us, may it help to transform our world.

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