Hope and Peace in Texas

Psalms 140:1-2Latest News Illuminates Need for Practicing Nonviolence

“The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.”  — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Over the past week, we’ve seen more acts of violence around the United States and world, from the truck barreling into cyclists and walkers in New York City to the continued plight of refugees fleeing civil war and from the shooting at a small church in Texas to ongoing attacks in Yemen, to name just a few. This is a time to renew our commitment to nonviolence.

The global Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, launched in Rome in April 2016 and signed by our Congregation and individual Felician Sisters, has been calling Catholics around the world to active nonviolence. You may learn more about what has been achieved over the past 1 ½ years and next steps to maintain energy around this initiative, in a webinar tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. eastern time.

Also, the LCWR has published an article about the impact of military spending in the federal budget on services for families and individuals in need. Suggested actions include contacting members of Congress to urge them to make choices for struggling families and individuals as they finalize the 2018 federal budget later this year.

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The Felician Sisters join with others in praying are for the people in Texas who have become victims of brutal violence.

At least 26 people were killed, not including the gunman, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Sunday night at a news conference. Of those, 23 died inside the church, two were killed outside the church and another victim was transported to a hospital and died, said Texas Department of Public Safety regional director Freeman Martin.https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8eP5Bnqspi3AHoHF8Um4aTX7k4vT2Ic2A3TsHn6h-4jXskw/viewform




Christians have duty to revitalize, change world with hope, pope says — CNS top stories

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The joyful hope that flows from faith can change the world, which is why Christians have a crucial part to play in revitalizing Europe, Pope Francis said. “To speak of a Christian contribution to the future of the continent means, before all else, to consider […]

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Pope’s November-January schedule includes new World Day of the Poor — CNS top stories

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will celebrate a special Mass with the poor and people who assist them Nov. 19, the first World Day of the Poor. After the 2015-16 Year of Mercy, the pope established the day to encourage new initiatives fostering encounter, friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance to […]

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