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Reconciliation from Flickr by Grant MacDonald
If someone has done you an injury, what should you do?   We learn from the gospel how to go about mending a damaged relationship. If you feel you have been wronged by someone, Jesus says the first step is to speak directly, but privately, to the individual who has done the harm. Mt. 18:15~20One of the worst things we can do is brood over our grievance. This can poison the mind and heart and make it more difficult to go directly to the person who caused the damage. If we want to settle...
Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States are remembering James Foley and his family this weekend: today (Saturday 18 October) would have been his 41st birthday. Foley was an American journalist and video reporter who was abducted in 2012 while working as a freelance war correspondent during the Syrian Civil War. An alumnus of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he was beheaded in August 2014, becoming the first American citizen killed by IS (Islamic State).The death...
The Jesuits in Britain have joined the Holy Father’s prayers for peace in Iraq. Pope Francis has appealed on several occasions over the past few weeks for violence to stop and has urged the Church to intercede for a peaceful solution to the fighting in the Middle East, most recently at last Sunday's Angelus.Fr Dermot Preston SJ, the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, says that the Pope has expressed his deep concern at the situation in this region of the world and has expressed his...
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In His farewell discourse, Jesus contrasts two kinds of peace: a peace that he leaves us and a peace that the world can give us. What is the difference?  The peace that the world can give to us is not a negative or a bad peace. It is real and it is good, but it is fragile and inadequate.It is fragile because it can easily be taken away from us. Peace, as we experience it ordinarily in our lives, is generally predicated on feeling healthy, loved, and secure. But all of these are fragile....
The work of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria has been recognised with the 2014 Pax Christi International Peace Award. Since 2011, JRS Syria has concentrated on helping vulnerable people who have remained in the country, despite the violence that surrounds them. The award was made at the weekend at the Sarajevo Peace Event 2014.JRS Syria was recognised by Pax Christi in particular for its interfaith work. The agency provides support to anyone in need, with a team made up of people...
Pope Francis yesterday welcomed the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for an evening of prayers for peace in the region. The occasion came just weeks after the last round of US-sponsored negotiations collapsed and following the Holy Father’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land last month at which he invited the two men to his 'home' for what has been termed a Prayer Encounter.Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas embraced in the...
Today’s prayer encounter with the Presidents of Israel and Palestine at the Vatican will provide space for people to stand back from the Middle East conflict and “recreate a desire for change”, according to the Franciscan Custos of the Holy Land, Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa”. He was speaking at a press conference on Friday, at which he and the head of the Holy See’s press office, Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, announced details of the encounter between Pope Francis,...
The Presidents of Israel and Palestine will travel to the Vatican this Sunday, 8 June to pray for peace with Pope Francis. Leaders Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas accepted the Pope's invitation to pray together at 'his home' after he issued it during his Apostolic Journey to the Holy Land last month.It was after celebrating Mass in Manger Square, Bethlehem and reciting the Regina Coeli that Pope Francis addressed the two leaders: “In...
Pope Francis’ three-day visit to the Holy Land was billed principally as a religious occasion: to cement relations with the Orthodox Church by marking the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s historic meeting in Jerusalem with Patriarch Athenagoras I. But the Jesuit pontiff’s pilgrimage was filled with symbolic acts of reconciliation and spontaneous events of prayerfulness that few could have anticipated.The Pope’s arrival in Bethlehem direct from Jordan was interpreted as...
The Annual Justice and Peace Conference this July will bring together several persuasive Catholics to address the topic: Called to Life in All Its Fullness: accepting the responsibility of our baptism. The aim of the conference will be to empower lay people to accept the responsibility of baptism; to provide an opportunity to bring life experiences and relate them to their baptismal call; and to be a celebration of life and a renewal of vision. Speakers will include the Senior Lecturer in...

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