“War can never stop terrorism because war is terrorism…war, and this is what has gotten me in a lot of trouble, war is not the will of God…war is the definition of the demonic, it’s anti-human, anti-community, anti-creation, anti-democracy, anti-Christ, anti-life, anti-God!”
Father John Dear
You Tube: Father Dear Part 3/9: Minute 6:33
There’s a small group of Catholic priests who practice, today, in America, Gandhian nonviolence, but more than that, they practice Christian nonviolence; they are, in the Catholic tradition, imitating Christ. Father John Dear is one of these priests, he has served time, years, in prison and been arrested 75 times; he is a follower of Christ, a practitioner of nonviolence, he is a Christian peacemaker.
As we celebrate Christmas, as Christians around the world celebrate the holy birth, little do so many realize that what they are actually celebrating is the birth of the Incarnation of Nonviolence; Jesus Christ.
Perhaps, in honor of His birth, we can today recommit ourselves to the causes of peace and justice, and begin by researching the lives of those heroic persons who’ve practiced Christian nonviolence so fluently, Dorothy Day, the Berrigan brothers, Mother Teresa, Bishop Oscar Romero, Father John Dear, and others; perhaps one of the greatest Mysteries of Catholicism is the Mystery of Nonviolence which is practiced by these loyal and devoted religious, who claim they are merely practicing the simple teachings of Jesus Christ.
Have a peace-filled Christmas,
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