OFM International are happy to let you know that the OFM JPIC website (www.ofmjpic.org) is now available to all the Order’s JPIC animators as well as to those who work with them in their commitment to live and promote the values of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation in
everyday life. “Our goal is to promote further opportunities for animation, training, communication, and activities”. The website will give easy access to JPIC resources and will include news about the projects, processes, and activities organized by the JPIC Offices in the Order’s many entities.
World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
“Beat Plastic Pollution”, the theme for World Environment Day 2018, is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time.
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Excerpt focusing on peacemaking:
For Merton, the vocation of peacemaking was not something reserved for a few but the requirement of all the baptized who bear the name Christian. In his posthumously published book “Passion for Peace: The Social Essays of Thomas Merton” (1997), he wrote: “Christians must become active in every possible way, mobilizing all their resources for the fight against war. First of all there is much to be studied, much to be learned. Peace is to be preached, nonviolence is to be explained as a practical method, and not left to be mocked as an outlet for crackpots who want to make a show of themselves.”
While Merton envisions Christian peacemaking a Gospel mandate for all disciples, the last point he makes here is aimed at us: ministerial priests. He challenges us to do our research, know the circumstances of our time, familiarize ourselves with the tradition of Catholic social teaching, preach peace and nonviolence to our congregations and model peacemaking by our words and deeds. Indeed, this is no easy task. But it is our task, as Pope Francis continually reminds us. In the same book, Merton later writes that this pastoral ministry of peacemaking “is the great Christian task of our time.”
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