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Entries related to: peace-building

Actions Speak Louder than Words

“You’re a pathetic little fool,” the message read, “and you’re probably gay.” I have been on social media for roughly half my adult life, and I have seen it go from a niche, available to mostly college students, to an overwhelming onslaught of interaction and communication. I spend a lot of time on Facebook and Twitter.
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Saint Francis' Prayer of Peace

In his writings and in the early biographies of Saint Francis, he emerges as a person formed and informed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What does that mean?  How do we even begin to live the Gospel, as he did, in our own time? 
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Blessed Are the Peacemakers

“Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his people; peace is our gift to each other.” These words, from Holocaust survivor and peace activist Elie Wiesel, are my go-to on Franciscan Media’s social channels whenever a mass shooting befouls our country. Needless to say, I’ve tweeted these words far too often.
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What Is a True Peacemaker?

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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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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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