The newsletter of Pax Christi Metro New York
Editor: Anne Bjornson
“Kerux” is the Greek word meaning “herald”. As the name of our newsletter, it reminds us that we are to be heralds of God’s nonviolent love. We welcome letters, articles and reviews.
Rewards of Reading and Discussing Nonviolence by Marian Ronan During Lent, Downtown Brooklyn Pax Christi participated in Pax Christi USA’s Advancing Nonviolence Study Circles. The Study Circles are part of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a project of Pax Christi International, which aims to advance nonviolence in the universal Church and around the entire world. They read and discussed weekly the book, Advancing Nonviolence and Just Peace in the Church and the World, a collection of writings edited by Rose Marie Berger, Ken Butigan, Judy Coode, and Marie Dennis. In order to help achieve the goal of the study circles, to deepen the Catholic understanding of and commitment to Gospel nonviolence, they share here some of what was learned, starting on page 1.
Retreat 2021 Compassion on the Path to Peace: Parable of the Good Samaritan for Our Times by Anne Bjornson
That compassion is necessary on the path to peace sounds self-evident. However, it is often sadly lacking and rarely talked about in the times in which we live. So this was a timely and needed topic for Pax Christi Metro New York’s 2021 Lenten Retreat. The annual weekend retreat was by necessity shortened to a morning ZOOM retreat led by Fr. Fred Thelen. The retreat began with the story of the Good Samaritan, a parable we all know. Fr. Thelen added historical context: the 800 years of enmity between Jews and Samaritans preventing any interaction between them. But in the story it is the Samaritan traveler who, moved by compassion, stops to help the Wounded Traveler, likely a Jew, lying on the road after two religious leaders passed him by. The Samaritan tended to his wounds and brought him to an inn where the next day he asked the innkeeper to continue to care for the man. Read more starting on Page 2.
Book Review by Marian Ronan
In recent months, we have heard frequently about the Green New Deal. But what is it? Marian Ronan can think of no better resource as she reviews Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin’s new book, Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal (GGND). One of the things that makes GGND a go-to resource is that it’s laid out in such an orderly fashion and is so accessible, an accessibility underpinned by the book’s question and answer format. For more, read starting on page 4.
You will also find the latest recipients of our Gifts of Peace for whom to pray, announcements and upcoming calendar items including an invitation to our Zoom Peacemakers Awards Celebration on May 22nd (registration required), so please read on.
Finally, please consider and reflect on the many reasons you value PCMNY, and respond as generously as possible. THANK YOU!
Be well. Stay safe.
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