Why Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace Message is Such a Breakthrough

That Pope Francis consciously chose “nonviolence” as the theme of his message to the world on New Year ’s Day, 2017, is in itself a powerful fact. The Pope unabashedly pointed out that “(Jesus)… taught his disciples to love their enemies and to turn the other cheek. … Jesus marked out the path of nonviolence. He walked that path to the very end, to the cross.”

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Do Not Resist One Who Is Evil: Questioning Walter Wink’s Interpretation of Mt 5:38-41

Jesus’ point in Mt 5:38-42 appears to be that we are not to retaliate for evil done to us, and when someone imposes on us, we are to accept the imposition and even go beyond the minimum demanded.

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3rd Annual Film Series: Voices from the Holy Land 2017

Sundays at 2:30 p.m., February 19 – April 23. Washington National Cathedral, Perry Auditorium 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC. Free, no tickets or reservations required. Audience discussions will follow each screening.

Perfect for Our Time and Perfect for Lent, a Contemporary Adaptation of Isaiah 58:1-12

by Art Laffin, Teacher of Peace Shout out, don’t hold back. Lift up your voice like a trumpet. Announce to my people their rebellion, To the nation their sins. Yet, day after day, the rulers and countless people invoke my name, as if they practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God. They […]

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Prayer to St. Francis

By Art Laffin
St. Francis, most faithful disciple of Jesus, holy one of the poor, servant of the outcasts, lover of creation, you who bore the sacred stigmata of Jesus, thank you for showing everyone–past and present–how much God loves us and that we are all children of the same Creator.

The Hope of Easter and a Disarmed World

Jesus was both a victim of torture and capital punishment. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God and he was killed because the powers could not accept it. But as we know this is not the end of the story. God raised Jesus from the dead, thereby overcoming the forces of evil and death.

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