Next weekend you will be asked to sign a Diocesan Public Policy petition asking our State Representatives to oppose the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, but rather focus on improving palliative care to ensure compassionate, comprehensive care and pain management for those who are terminally ill. The details of this Public Policy issue have been in the Peace and Justice column in recent Bulletin; please review them if you have not already read them. Please give serious consideration to signing this petition, your signature does make a difference.
I am often asked why I believe it so important to promote causes such as the Climate Crisis and peacemaking. First, I do believe they are important causes central our faith and it is good to know I am in good company. Here are a couple short reflection that have their beginnings in the writings of Pope Francis and Thomas Merton.
Let us continue to pray for and take action to bring about peace in our world!
In peace and courage,
The Green Commandments of Laudato Si'
A landmark encyclical authored by Pope Francis addressing Care for Our Common Home.
- Earth, our common home, is in peril. Take care of it.
- Listen to the cry of the poor who are the disproportionate victims of the crisis of our common home.
- Rediscover a theological vision of the natural world as good news/gospel.
- Recognize that the abuse of creation is ecological sin.
- Acknowledge the deeper human roots of the crisis of our common home.
Thomas Merton, OCSO is credited with this quote “The God of peace is never glorified by human violence.”
He is credited with the following:
Blessed are you peacemakers
- who say no to war as a means to peace.
- who are committed to disarm weapons of mass destruction.
- who wage peace at heroic personal cost.
- who challenge and confront judges, courts and prisons.
- who help those who are hurting.
- who befriend perfect strangers.
- who open doors for acting justly, loving tenderly and walking humbly with God and all people of good will.
- who welcome, encourage and inspire.
- who offer hope and healing.
- who care and comfort.
- who help find answers.
- who provide stability not insanity.
- who help restore faith and love.
- who delight in creation, art and creativity.
- who see the good in others.
- who never give up.
- who give and give and give.
Blessed are you peacemakers, who suffer injustice and imprisonment for your direct, nonviolent acts of civil disobedience.