2013 Mass for Peace and Reconciliation

Pax Christi El Paso celebrated a Mass for Peace and Reconciliation at St. Luke's Church on Sunday, August 11, at the parish's 11:00 A.M. weekly liturgy.  
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Fr. Bill Morton, SSC preached an outstanding homily, encouraging all to "build the City of God" here on earth. The text of that homily is available here on our website, a subpage of this entry [CLICK HERE to see that homily text].

The assembly was invited to take the Vow of Nonviolence.  This vow was written by Eileen Egan, one of the founders of Pax Christi USA, and Fr. John Dear, SJ , the Pax Christi Ambassador of Peace.  This vow was printed it in the parish bulletin and is reprinted here for your convenience:

VOW OF NON-VIOLENCE

RECOGNIZING THE VIOLENCE IN MY OWN HEART, yet trusting in the goodness and mercy of God, I vow for one year to practice the nonviolence of Jesus who taught us in the Sermon on the Mount:

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons and daughters of God...You have learned how it was said, "You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy"; but I say to you, "Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you. In this way, you will be daughters and sons of your Creator in heaven."

Before God the Creator and the Sanctifying Spirit, I vow to carry out in my life the love and example of Jesus

·          by striving for peace within myself and seeking to be a peacemaker in my daily life;

·          by accepting suffering rather than inflicting it;

·          by refusing to retaliate in the face of provocation and violence;

·          by persevering in nonviolence of tongue and heart;

·          by living conscientiously and simply so that I do not deprive others of the means to live;

·          by actively resisting evil, and working nonviolently to abolish war and the causes of war from my own heart and from the face of the earth.

God, I trust in Your sustaining love and believe that just as You gave me the grace and desire to offer this, so You will also bestow abundant grace to fulfill it.

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Several members of the group went out for breakfast together after the liturgy.