Christianity, whether lived out in the monastery, in the street or in the workplace, is a protest against the status quo and its injustices and violence. Here Thomas Merton makes this point cogently and passionately: “It is my intention to make my entire life a rejection of, a protest against the crimes and injustices of war … More Thomas Merton: Christian Life As A Protest.
Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes. If only they could see themselves as they really are. If only we … More Thomas Merton: The Core Of Our Reality
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently announced that they have moved the Doomsday Clock ahead 30 Seconds, to 2 minutes to midnight (the symbolic point of global annihilation); this is the closest to midnight recorded since 1953, the height of the Cold War. At the Doomsday Clock announcement at the National Press Club in … More Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Christianity & A Call to Action.
This quote and insight from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr still resonates today with the threat of a new arms race on the horizon: “Somehow we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race which no one can win to a positive contest to harness man’s creative genius … More From Power To Peace
Wednesday 21st September was a special day in the calendar – it marked the United Nations International Day of Peace. Established in 1981, Peace Day is commemorated globally as a way for all humanity to reflect and to commit to peace, despite differences of religion, culture and race; the day also encourages all of us, wherever … More Reflecting on the International Day of Peace
At the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, I, like so many others, pray for peace. In a world torn apart by conflict and war, peace is sorely needed. And so I pray for peace in Syria, Iraq and South Sudan, as well as the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. And then … More A Peaceful New Year With Thomas Merton
As we reflect upon the growing unrest and sectarian strife in the Middle East, at first glance it seems so difficult to find signs of hope. Consider, for example, the situation in Tripoli, one of Lebanon’s most divided cities, where sectarian antagonism chokes civic society and precludes the intermingling of Alewites, Sunni’s and Druze among … More Bridging the Sectarian Divide: Grassroots Action In The Middle East
Whether it be from his own hermitage in New Mexico or from his many retreats, lectures and interview statements in the midst of his peace demonstrations, Father John Dear, SJ, interprets and projects the words and witness of the nonviolent Jesus. This he does with consummate skill and searing passion. Peace and non-violence are not … More A Pilgrimage Into Non-Violence: The Narrow Path
In September 2005, one hundred and forty people of varying ages and backgrounds came together for three days near Yosemite National Park. Their reason? To participate in an initiative known as the ‘Palestinian/Jewish Family Peacemakers Camp’. Attendees hailed from both North America and the Middle East and they had a common goal – to begin … More Peacemaking: The Art Of The Possible
“One little person giving all her time to peace, can make news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.” So said the inspirational ‘Peace Pilgrim’, otherwise know as Mildred Lisette Norman (July 18, 1908 – July 7, 1981). Between 1953 and 1981, the Peace Pilgrim walked more than 25,000 miles across the USA spreading her … More Living a Meaningful Life – A Universal Call to Activism