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Pax Christi Long Island

News

PAX CHRISTI MARKS 70 YEARS

OF PURSUING WORLD PEACE

By Tom Roberts

National Catholic Reporter

Pax Christi International was born 70 years ago of two people, one a bishop, the other a laywoman, who advanced ideas that were jarringly dissonant in the context of that time.

The bishop, Pierre-Marie Théas, of Montauban in the south of France, was a rare member of the hierarchy to both publicly protest the deportation of Jews from France and urge prayers for the enemy, Germany. Marthe Dortel-Claudot, who lived in the south of France with her husband and children, found herself thinking about praying for the enemy. Pondering the suffering of the German people, she wrote in her journal, "Jesus died for everyone. Nobody should be excluded from one's prayer." Read more....

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PARSING POPE FRANCIS

ON THE USE OF FORCE

By Rev. Thomas Reese, S.J.

When it comes to the use of military force, Americans tend to be in two camps: those who want to use overwhelming force to defeat our enemies and those who oppose the use of force for one reason or another. Read more...

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GUN SENSE:

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Richard Martinez lost his young son, Christopher, in one of the endless mass shootings that have plagued the nation for so long. This one, in May, took place in Santa Barbara, California. Now Martinez is a strong and outspoken advocate for gun sense in America. Recently, he sent out a message from Everytown for Gun Safety, with a questionnaire meant for federal candidates for public office. We recommend that you check out both the Everytown website and the questionnaire. Who knows, maybe you will have a chance to meet with a congressional candidate this year, and you can ask those questions of the candidate, face-to-face. Make sure you get the right answers.

If the candidate hesitates, you might want to remind him or her what Martinez said about members of Congress who had been expressing their condolences to him about the loss of his son. "I don't care about your sympathy. I don't give a s--- that you feel sorry for me," he tearfully told the Washington Post. "Get to work and do something."

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WANTED: PEACEMAKERS.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

All you really need is a strong belief in the peacemaking role that Jesus has assigned all of us. Peacemaking isn't optional, but you do have options in choosing the peace and justice issues that you care about most deeply, and for which your talents suit you best. Nuclear weapons, drones, gun violence, immigration reform, racism, global warming, solitary confinement , excessive military spending. There’s no shortage of important issues that Pax Christi tries to address, but usually each of us has one that grabs 99 percent of our attention, seems the most critical, the most deserving of our support. Is yours listed here? Do you have any ideas or time you could devote to the one issue that means a lot to you? If you want to get connected to Pax Christi Long Island and get started working on that issue, please send an email to JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .

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Events

PCLI ANNUAL FALL RETREAT,

SAVE THE DATE: OCTOBER 25

This year's retreat day will take place this Saturday, October 25, at St. Bernard Church, Levittown. Registration begins at 9:30, and the retreat runs from 10 to 2:30 PM. The presenter will be Father Ralph Sommer, the pastor St. Bernard. Don't miss it.

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WE DON'T INHERIT THE EARTH,

WE BORROW IT  

That's the core premise of a program to be held in Amityville on Saturday, November 8. It will ask questions such as these: What sort of Earth are we leaving behind for future generations? Would you like to make an impact on preserving our planet?

The presenters include Ashley Hunt-Martorano of the Citizens' Climate Lobby and Jeanne Brunson of the Climate Reality Project. The program runs from 2 to 4 PM at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Amityville, 555 Albany Avenue, Amityville. RSVP to Sister Jeanne Clark at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING , or call 631-842-6000, Extension 338. Come and learn what climate change means for all the species that share the Earth. 

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