Friday, March 7, 2014

Pax Christi on Disarmament

Check out for the latest on "Disarmament for Development" and click on the "background document."  Well worth it.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Women's World Summit Foundation

A great place to find ideas and view what others are doing around the world for the cause of violence against women and children is the web site for Women's World Summit Foundation at

You might enjoy a flash mob video from Geneva entitled "One Billion Rising - 2013" that can be found at this web site.

We just noticed this week that all the buses here in Rome are carrying placards inside with notices re:  violence against women and the signs to recognize such violence.  Here is one of the quotes:
                 The way to change an abusive fiancĂ© is to change fiancĂ©s.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

JPIC Commission of UISG Meeting Today

Today I had the privilege of attending my first JPIC Commission meeting of the UISG.  The majority of the time was spent in reflecting on the latest Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium.  Some of the comments heard following the review by two of the members included:
  • We have a JPI Pope and need to support him in his efforts of justice and peace
  • We need to be persons of integrity like Pope Francis
  • We are all missionaries by the fact of our Baptism
  • Chapter 3 is the "Heart of the Exhortation"
  • The greatest issue among Christians is an almost complete lack of missionary zeal
  • The Exhortation is a message of compassion and hope
  • We evangelize to liberate the Spirit
  • We need to be instruments of Christ's presence
  • Be "out there" with the people
  • We need to smell like the sheep
  • Pope Francis' message is a "Revolution of Tenderness"
If you were to ask someone as they leave Church this weekend "What have you done this week to spread the faith?"  they would think you were either a Fundamentalist or you're a bit odd.

Justice and peace is everyone's mission not just the JPIC coordinator.

Monday, December 9, 2013

I'm posting a reference to an article from the LCWR Global Concerns Committee entitled 
                                                  Climate Change:  No Denying it

The article can be accessed at

follow the links to "Featured Resources"

 I think you will find the article enlightening and inspiring.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Advent idea for grade schools

Daily Reflections for Advent - The World of Migrant Children and Youth

A wonderful little reflection book has come into my possession that might be a good source for helping children become conscious of other children their own age who are much less fortunate than themselves-----especially during this season of Advent and their preparation for Christmas.

The booklet can be accessed at   Once into the website click on the appropriate language choice in the upper right hand corner  ("EN" for English).  Click, then, on "Resources" and finally on "Advent Booklet 2013"

Even if the reflections are not used every day, one or the other may be helpful for religion class or faith formation programs.