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Sunday August 11 is the Feast Day of St. Clare

We must not give up hope. We must realize that we CAN intentionally present actions in our daily lives--to counteract, so to speak, all the violence.

St. Clare of Assisi and Nonviolence

'Neither Clare nor Francis used the terms “community” or “common life.” What they did speak about was relationship, concretely: brothers and sisters. More than “common life,” it was relatedness as sisters and brothers that they valued. And the way of life that each founder proposed supported and protected this relatedness. Clare referred to herself always in the context of her relationship with her sisters and brothers: as handmaid of the sisters; as a little plant of Francis; or, in letters, “…you make up most wonderfully what is lacking both in me and in the other sisters…” “…remember me and my sisters….”

'Clare could have remained within the walls of Assisi, within her own household and continued to lead the penitential life with family, friends and servants alike. In the end, she opted to move away from the city to live in a structure of inclusive, loving relationship with women from families of serfs, peasants, merchants and nobility, thus creating a new social structure for her times.

'Much of the movement of active nonviolence today aims to create the social and economic structures that foster this same kind of inclusive, respectful relationship: diversity training; economic alternatives based in mutuality rather than exploitation; land reform that respects the earth and whole creation community, to name a few.'

[from 'Franciscan Nonviolence' published by Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, paceebene.org/]
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The United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945. Most citizens "forget" that we possess a gigantic nuclear arsenal. In Sunday's Gospel, Jesus tells the crowd:

“Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

So let us pray:

Disarm our hearts, God of Peace;
Help us renounce the fear
That takes the form of weapons.

Help us choose the fierce love
That moves your human family
To dialogue, not destruction.

Our children are fragile,
As is our earth.
Give us the wisdom
To cherish these gifts
By voicing our support
For a world free
Of nuclear weapons.

Disarm our hearts, God of Peace;
Help us to embrace
Your wisdom and your will
As you challenge us
To choose life,
Not weapons of destruction.

We pray for authentic and lasting peace,
We pray for the will to bring this about
So we may be called peacemakers,
The children of God.
In your name we pray for the end
Of the weapons of war. Amen.

[this prayer is copyright from Education for Justice, a Project of the Center of Concern]
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Wishing everybody a blessed feast of St. Bonaventure! Saint, Theologian, Cardinal, Minister General of the Franciscan Order, and Doctor of the Church! And, lest we forget, patron of St. Bonaventure University! ... See MoreSee Less

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