November 14

Reflection

We remember all who grieve and all who died in Paris as a result of the events of November 13. For them and for ourselves we pray…

In a time of violence,
We turn to you.
Lord of Sorrows…

In a time of violence
We gather to mourn and pray
For our communities,
Past and present,
Local and global.

 In a time of violence
We commit ourselves
To the difficult work
Of peacemaking
So we may honor
The suffering and pain
Of our sisters and brothers.

 O Lord of Sorrows,
Give us the courage
To speak the words
Of peace again and again
So they might flourish
In an arid land.

By Jane Deren

Action

 By word and action refuse to foster the climate of hatred. Do whatever you can to foster a climate of peace. Do not participate in the rhetoric of violence.

Suggested Reading

Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword.
Matthew 26:42

 We are shocked by this new manifestation of maddening, terrorist violence and hatred which we condemn in the most radical way together with the Pope and all those who love peace. We pray for the victims and the wounded, and for all the French people.
Initial Statement from Vatican

It is difficult to understand such things, done by human beings.
Pope Francis

This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.
Barack Obama

 My heart goes out to the families of all those killed, injured and taken hostage and to France which once again is bearing the brunt of the fight against terrorism. We must all stand together to fight this outrageous brutality,. It will not succeed and it has no place in the modern world.
President of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft

All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain derives from other people and that consequently those people deserve to be punished.
Marshall Rosenberg

Nonviolence doesn’t always work – but violence never does.
Madge Micheels-Cyrus

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
Gandhi

 

 

 

 

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