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Parishioners of Our Lady Of the Way, and others, who seek to engage in dialogue and understanding around issues of peace and justice, can find articles of interest, news of upcoming events, and links to related sites here.
Pope Francis in his address for the World Day of Peace says:
Bringing peace is central to the mission of Christ’s disciples. That peace is offered to all those men and women who long for peace amid the tragedies and violence that mark human history. The “house” of which Jesus speaks is every family, community, country and continent, in all their diversity and history. It is first and foremost each individual person, without distinction or discrimination. But it is also our “common home”: the world in which God has placed us and which we are called to care for and cultivate.
We hope that this group and its activities will be a catalyst for engaging parishioners in issues related to peace and justice.
We intend to be inclusive and welcome people from outside our parish and faith to join with us in this journey.
Our focus is on conversations about care for asylum seekers and care for our common home, leading we hope to actions in these areas.
We ran a successful Table Talk in November 2018, and several participants asked for more awareness raising events about people seeking asylum and refugees.
To that end, we held a movie night in May 2019, with a showing of the movie The Staging Post, followed by discussion with people involved in the movie.
In August and September we have focused on Pope Francis’ declaration of a Climate Emergency, holding a community forum and then participating in the Global Climate Strike.
See the Meetings page for notices of our monthly meetings.
Evangelli Gaudium paragraph 190:
Sometimes it is a matter of hearing the cry of entire peoples, the poorest peoples of the earth, since “peace is founded not only on respect for human rights, but also on respect for the rights of peoples”. Sadly, even human rights can be used as a justification for an inordinate defense of individual rights or the rights of the richer peoples. With due respect for the autonomy and culture of every nation, we must never forget that the planet belongs to all mankind and is meant for all mankind; the mere fact that some people are born in places with fewer resources or less development does not justify the fact that they are living with less dignity. It must be reiterated that “the more fortunate should renounce some of their rights so as to place their goods more generously at the service of others”. To speak properly of our own rights, we need to broaden our perspective and to hear the plea of other peoples and other regions than those of our own country. We need to grow in a solidarity which “would allow all peoples to become the artisans of their destiny”, since “every person is called to self-fulfilment”.