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Entries related to: peace

Notes from a Friar: Love Your Enemies

“Love your enemies” (Mt 5:44). That always reminds me of a priest friend of mine who used to say, “I don’t think we should preach that to our people. Let’s just get people to love their friends; that’s hard enough.”
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Saint Francis, Peacemaker

“Being a peacemaker,” Friar Murray Bodo says, “can be a thankless task.” But the role of the peacemaker is essential. Saint Francis of Assisi surely understood that. He embraced those who were categorized as “the enemy” and offered himself as a living bridge of peace. 
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Saint Francis of Assisi: Peacemaker

Being a peacemaker can be thankless—even dangerous. That’s why people still admire Saint Francis of Assisi and his legacy. He embraced “the other.” In their faces, he saw the face of Christ. How can we model that kind of behavior? Murray Bodo, OFM, gives us an answer in this week’s video. 
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Friar Pat on the Peace of Christmas

Why is peace so important during Advent and Christmas? How can we spread peace in our homes and in our communities? The best way, Pat McCloskey, OFM, says in this video, is to honestly and humbly live out who we are before God. Enjoy this short meditation. 
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Daily Advent Messages of Peace

As Advent approaches, the staff at Franciscan Media has been thinking about the peace and joy we all hope the season will bring. We invite you to join us in spreading peace this holiday season.
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Where Was God? A Franciscan Response to the Las Vegas Shooting

In the wake of the deadly attack in Las Vegas, a wide range of questions have emerged, such as: Where was God during this tragedy? How could God let this happen? And how do we find peace? Franciscan Father Pat McCloskey takes on those tough questions.
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Saint Francis: An Instrument of Peace

One of my all-time favorite songs is John Michael Talbot’s version of Saint Francis’ peace prayer. Years ago, with pounding hearts, my wife and I sang it as a duet at our wedding Mass, to express some of the core values on which we want to build our marriage.
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Our Quest for Peace

There’s nothing like an election to divide people. I remember a number of political discussions and arguments in my family. We were a divided house when elections approached. Mom worked for the Republicans and Dad was a Democrat. I remember a couple of heated arguments around our house which ended with a terse, “My vote cancels yours.” Still, my family had a sense of the common good. 
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Nelson Mandela: Prophet of Peace

On December 10, 2013, the eyes, ears, and hearts of the world were focused on Soweto, South Africa, on the occasion of a memorial service to remember the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Mandela will be remembered for a great many things, including his commitment to peacemaking and nonviolence in his later years. However, in a way unlike Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or Mahatma Gandhi, with whom Mandela will be remembered as a great world leader of liberation, Mandela’s relationship to nonviolence and peacemaking was especially complex.
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Cardinal Seán O'Malley: Instrument of Peace

Image: Pope Francis greets Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley of Boston during a meeting with U.S. bishops at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington Sept. 23. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Today he is one of Pope Francis’ closest advisers. He is considered to be the Church’s biggest authority on the protection of children, and is cardinal archbishop of the third largest archdiocese in the United States. But he never set out to be any of these things. 
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