E-News May 12, 2017

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E-News May 12, 2017

Please remember in your prayers this Sunday 14 May – Mother’s Day: that the Church and society honor all mothers, support women who have to carry on their responsibilities as mothers alone! Let us be in solidarity especially with those who face threats to their lives, to their integrity and that of their children.

15 May—The International Day of the Families has the theme: “Families, education and well-being”. The day focuses on raising awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth. The day promotes the importance of all caregivers in families.  International day of families.

21 May—World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Develop celebrates cultural diversity as a means of providing new perspectives for sustainable development and promoting creative industries resources for millions of jobs worldwide—particularly for youth and women.Culturaldiversityday.

22 May—International Day for Biological Diversity recognizes that biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. By stopping bio-diversity loss, we are investing in people, their lives and their well-being.

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29 May—International Day of UN Peacekeepers honors the more than one million men and women who have served under the UN flag with care and courage since 1948. More than 3,400 have lost their lives in service. Peacekeepersday.

 

 

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Por favor recuerden en sus oraciones este domingo 14 de mayo – Día de la Madre: ¡Que la iglesia y la sociedad honren a todas las madres, apoyen a aquellas mujeres que tienen que asumir sus responsabilidades como madres solas! Seamos solidarios especialmente con aquellos que se enfrentan a amenazas a sus vidas, a su integridad y a la de sus hijos.

15 de mayo – El Día Internacional de las Familias tiene como tema: “Familias, educación y bienestar”. La jornada se centra en la sensibilización sobre el papel de las familias en la promoción de la educación de la primera infancia y las oportunidades de aprendizaje permanente para niños y jóvenes. El día promueve la importancia de todos los cuidadores en las familias. Familyday.

21 de mayo – Día Mundial de la Diversidad Cultural para el Diálogo y el Desarrollo celebra la diversidad cultural como un medio de proporcionar nuevas perspectivas para el desarrollo sostenible y promover los recursos de las industrias creativas para millones de puestos de trabajo en todo el mundo, especialmente para los jóvenes y las mujeres. Dia mundial de la diversidad.

22 de mayo – Día Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica reconoce que la biodiversidad es la base de la vida y de los servicios esenciales que proporcionan los ecosistemas. Al detener la pérdida de biodiversidad, estamos invirtiendo en las personas, sus vidas y su bienestar.http://www.un.org/es/events/bi odiversityday/.

29 de mayo – El Día Internacional de los Pacificadores de la ONU honra a más de un millón de hombres y mujeres que han servido bajo la bandera de la ONU con cuidado y valentía desde 1948. Más de 3.400 han perdido la vida en servicio. Dia internacional de los pacificadores de la onu.

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CATHOLIC NON-VIOLENCE UPDATE

En français ci-dessous

 

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The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative continues to promote nonviolence within the Church (and the wider community), to develop resources, and to be at the service of the Church as it explores the development of innovative Church teaching, including the possibility of an encyclical on nonviolence and just peace.

We have been buoyed especially by Pope Francis’ 2017 World Day of Peace message, Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace. In early March, CNI and others participated at a panel discussion at the United Nations in New York City on this theme, hosted by the Holy See’s UN mission. On April 21, a similar panel was held at the Pax Christi International secretariat in Brussels, with a particular focus on the European Union (photo at right: Sr. Wamuyu Wachira and Marie Dennis, members of the Pax Christi International board; Pat Gaffney, Pax Christi UK; and Joachim Koops, director of the Global Governance Institute)

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A number of workshops on Gospel nonviolence and Pope Francis’ 2017 World Day of Peace message have been held in Uganda, Kenya, the Philippines, UK, Belgium, Mexico, United States, Australia, Japan, and many other countries. Marie Dennis spoke at the 2017 Voices of Faith gathering at the Vatican on International Women’s Day, March 8; the theme was nonviolence and women. Pax Christi groups around the world have held regional conferences and have given presentations to diocesan commissions on nonviolence.

In early April, Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI, USA) held a symposium on the 2016 Nonviolence and Just Peace conference (photo at right: Terry Rynne, Mel Duncan, Maria Stephan, Ken Butigan); other conferences and meetings are being planned for the University of San Diego (California), DePaul University (Chicago), Louvain (Belgium), John Carroll University (Ohio) and in the Philippines.

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The big project in the coming months are the five groups (“roundtables”) of theologians, peace practitioners, sociologists and others from around the world who will discuss and research distinct components related to advancing the Church’s teaching on nonviolence – including toward a potential encyclical on nonviolence and just peace – in a thoughtful and thorough way. Additional working groups will research controversial, complex, or innovative topics related to nonviolence, including effective initiatives in response to humanitarian crises. This global effort will culminate in another Rome conference at the end of 2018 or early 2019 where the findings will be shared with Vatican officials.

Action suggestion

During the month of May, write your bishop and encourage his support for active nonviolence (particularly for Catholics in the U.S., but adaptable by others)

Further reading and opportunities

 

The Vatican issued a beautiful message on April 22, the occasion of the Buddhist feast of Vesakh — Christians and Buddhists: Walking Together on the Path of Nonviolence.

 

Cardinal Cupich, with endorsement of Pope Francis, initiates anti-violence efforts in Chicago

 

Terry Rynne writes about the “breakthrough” World Day of Peace message

Jean Marie Muller writes about the nonviolent resistance of Jesus
Mel Duncan will teach an online course on unarmed civilian protection

 

 

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Mise à jour de l’Initiative catholique de nonviolence (CNI)

 

Joyeuses Pâques! Merci de votre soutien à l’Initiative catholique de nonviolence.

L’Initiative catholique de nonviolence (CNI) continue de promouvoir la nonviolence au sein de l’Église (et la communauté dans son ensemble), de développer des ressources et d’être au service de l’Eglise vu qu’elle explore le développement de l’enseignement innovant de l’Église, y compris la possibilité d’une encyclique sur la nonviolence et paix juste.

Nous avons été soutenus notamment par le message de la Journée mondiale de la paix 2017 du pape François intitulé «La nonviolence: un style de politique pour la paix». Au début du mois de mars, CNI et d’autres ont participé à une table ronde aux Nations Unies à New York sur ce thème, organisée par la mission de l’ONU du Saint-Siège. Le 21 avril, une discussion similaire a eu lieu au secrétariat de Pax Christi International à Bruxelles, avec une attention particulière à l’Union européenne.

Un certain nombre d’ateliers sur la nonviolence évangélique et le Message de la Paix 2017 du Pape François ont été organisés en Ouganda, au Kenya, aux Philippines, au Royaume-Uni, en Belgique, au Mexique, aux États-Unis, en Australie, au Japon et beaucoup d’autres pays. Marie Dennis a parlé lors de la réunion des Voix de la Foi de 2017 (« Voices of Faith ») au Vatican lors de la Journée internationale de la femme, le 8 mars; Le thème était la nonviolence et les femmes. Les groupes de Pax Christi dans le monde ont tenu des conférences régionales et ont présenté des présentations aux commissions diocésaines sur la nonviolence.

L’Université Marquette (Milwaukee, WI, États-Unis) a organisé un symposium sur la conférence de la nonviolence et de la paix juste 2016; d’autres conférences et réunions sont prévues pour l’Université de San Diego (Californie), l’Université DePaul (Chicago), Louvain (Belgique), l’Université John Carroll (Ohio) et aux Philippines.

Le grand projet dans les mois à venir se base sur les cinq groupes (“tables rondes”) composé de théologiens, de praticiens de la paix, de sociologues et d’autres personnes du monde entier qui discutent et recherchent des éléments distincts afin de faire avancer les enseignements de l’Église sur la nonviolence – y compris vers une encyclique potentielle sur la nonviolence et la paix juste – d’une manière réfléchie et approfondie. D’autres groupes de travail rechercheront des sujets controversés, complexes ou innovants liés à la nonviolence, y compris des initiatives efficaces en réponse aux crises humanitaires. Cet effort mondial aboutira à une autre conférence à Rome à la fin de 2018 ou au début de 2019 où les résultats seront partagés avec les officiels du Vatican.

Suggestion d’action

Pendant le mois de mai, écrivez à votre évêque et encouragez son soutien à la nonviolence active (en particulier pour les catholiques aux États-Unis, mais adaptable par d’autres)

Autres lectures et opportunités

 

Nouvelle déclaration du Vatican: Les chrétiens et les bouddhistes, marcher ensemble sur le chemin de la nonviolence

 

Cardinal Cupich, avec l’aval du pape Francis, lance des efforts anti-violence à Chicago
Terry Rynne écrit le message de la Journée Mondiale de la Paix

Jean Marie Muller écrit sur la résistance nonviolente de Jésus

Mel Duncan enseignera un cours en ligne sur la protection civile non armée

 

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#MERCY2EARTH WEEKEND (April 22-23): A TIME OF ACTION

#Mercy2Earth is a global campaign to encourage Catholics to reflect on Pope Francis’ important “Show Mercy to our Common Home” message and put it into action.

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Please visit their website

http://www.mercy2earth.org/

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International Mother Earth Day 22 April 2017

International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.

It also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.

International Mother Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports.

The theme for 2017 is “Environmental & Climate Literacy”.

Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection.

Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs.

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Anche l’occidente contribuisce al massacro dei cristiani e della speranza del Medio oriente

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Roma (AsiaNews) – All’indomani della domenica delle Palme insanguinate in Egitto, diversi commenti ricalcano i cliché alla moda: esiste un aperto conflitto delle civilizzazioni, è in atto una guerra religiosa fra musulmani e cristiani.

Queste letture hanno qualcosa di vero. Non passa giorno senza vedere che alcune comunità islamiche resistono anche con la forza alla modernizzazione portata dal mondo occidentale nel modo di vestire, di usare il tempo, nel modo di educare. E non passa giorno – e in Egitto la cosa vale ormai da anni – senza che vi siano uccisioni di cristiani per mano di fondamentalisti islamici che bollano questi fedeli come “miscredenti” e perciò degni solo di essere o convertiti o eliminati. A buttare benzina sul fuoco, Daesh (lo Stato islamico) da tempo ha decretato lo sradicamento dei cristiani dal Medio oriente per il loro potere “inquinante” verso la cultura araba.

Ma partire da qui per esigere con urgenza una nuova crociata, è un passo falso. Anzitutto perché negli attentati contro i cristiani si trovano spesso anche musulmani. E sono musulmani pure molte delle persone che da ieri donano il sangue per salvare la vita dei feriti nei due attentati alle chiese di Tanta ed Alessandria. Soprattutto, non si tiene conto che l’obbiettivo di Daesh non sono semplicemente i cristiani, ma la loro tensione a far crescere la convivenza coi musulmani. Da tempo l’ex generale al Sisi preme per una società egiziana in cui cristiani e musulmani abbiano stessi diritti e stessi doveri; in cui le procedure per costruire chiese e moschee siano le stesse; in cui vi siano stesse possibilità di carriera nella società e nell’esercito per i fedeli delle due religioni. Un successo di al Sisi in questo campo sarebbe una rivoluzione nel mondo arabo, data l’importanza dell’Egitto, dal punto di vista numerico e culturale.

L’influenza di al Sisi è tale che perfino l’università di Al Azhar, spesso divisa fra modernità e dipendenza dai finanziamenti sauditi, si sta muovendo per condannare l’interpretazione letteralista del Corano, alla base di Daesh e di tutto il wahhabismo saudita.

I cliché che abbiamo citato, se hanno qualcosa di vero, non tengono conto di tanti fermenti positivi nel mondo islamico e medio-orientale. Ma soprattutto nascondono un fatto: le responsabilità del mondo occidentale. Condannare Daesh, condannare l’islam fondamentalista non è ancora tutta la verità. Ieri papa Francesco all’Angelus, ricevendo la notizia dell’attentato alla chiesa di Tanta, ha espresso il suo “profondo cordoglio” al “caro fratello, Sua Santità Papa Tawadros II, alla Chiesa Copta e a tutta la cara nazione egiziana” e ha aggiunto: “Il Signore converta il cuore delle persone che seminano terrore, violenza e morte, e anche il cuore di quelli che fanno e trafficano le armi”.  Se non vogliamo manipolare le parole del papa, dobbiamo ricordare che il mondo occidentale sta cercando di risanare la sua economia scricchiolante proprio attraverso le vendite di armi a Paesi che in un modo o nell’altro sono responsabili dei massacri dei cristiani.

Secondo i dati 2016 del Sipri (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute), ad oggi i maggiori Paesi esportatori di armi sono Stati Uniti, Russia, Cina, Francia e Germania. Essi rappresentano il 74% del volume totale di esportazioni nel mondo. Almeno la metà dei loro prodotti bellici sono stati destinati ai Paesi del Medio Oriente. Nel 2015, l’Arabia saudita ha registrato un incremento del 275% delle importazioni di armi rispetto al 2006-2010; il Qatar un incremento del 279%. Entrambi questi due Paesi – insieme ad altri – sono noti per il loro sostegno alla “ribellione” ad Assad e quindi ad al Qaeda e Daesh.

C’è perciò una responsabilità dell’occidente anche nelle uccisioni dei cristiani e lo scandalo per quanto fa Daesh rimane un po’ farisaico se non si sostiene il dialogo culturale e sociale fra cristiani e musulmani e si pone freno all’escalation delle armi in Medio oriente.

Molti interlocutori continuano a citare il discorso di Benedetto XVI a Regensburg, quando il pontefice ha suggerito al mondo islamico di fare i conti con la ragione e la violenza. Ma dimenticano che la maggior parte di quel discorso era indirizzato all’occidente che disprezzando la ragione religiosa, si è rinchiuso in un modello materialista, dove contano solo i numeri e i soldi. Anche quelli delle armi.

http://www.asianews.it/notizie-it/Anche-l’occidente-contribuisce-al-massacro-dei-cristiani-e-della-speranza-del-Medio-oriente-40434.html

 

 

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E-News April 8, 2017

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E-News April 8, 2017

Please remember in your prayers the victims of chemical weapons attack in Syria and the terrorism in Stockholm, that conflicts might be resolved through dialogue and active nonviolence.

In the month April we pray for the youth and in a special way on Palm Sunday, that they consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.

International Days of observance:

12 April: International Day of Human Space Flight  (A/RES/65/271) pray and reaffirm the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the wellbeing of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes.

22 April: International Mother Earth Day  (A/RES/63/278)pray that all recognize that Mother Earth is a common expression which Pope Francis calls “our common home”, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.

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Save the Dates:

28-30 April—Workshop in English for International JPIC Promoters “Living and promoting just relations (JPIC) with oneself, with others, with creation and with God.” Francisco O’Conaire, OFM at Casa Generalzia Dei Salvatoriani, Via Della Conciliazione 51, 00193 Roma. The flyer is on the website at www.jpicroma.org and for registration, reply to jpicroma@gmail.com. ƒ

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Por favor recuerden en sus oraciones a las víctimas del ataque de armas químicas en Siria y al terrorismo en Estocolmo, para que los conflictos puedan resolverse a través del diálogo y la no violencia activa.

En el mes de abril rezamos por los jóvenes y de manera especial el Domingo de Ramos, para que se ofrezcan a Dios en el sacerdocio o en la vida consagrada.

Días Internacionales:

12 de abrilDía Internacional del Espacio Humano de Vuelo  (A/RES/65/271) rezamos y reafirmamos la importante contribución de la ciencia y la tecnología espaciales al logro de los objetivos de desarrollo sostenible y el aumento del bienestar de los Estados y los pueblos; Realización de su aspiración de mantener el espacio ultraterrestre con fines pacíficos.

22 de abrilDía Internacional de la Madre Tierra (A/RES/63/278) para que todos reconozcan que la Madre Tierra es una expresión común que el Papa Francisco llama “nuestro hogar común”, que refleja la interdependencia que existe entre los seres humanos, y el planeta que todos habitamos.

 

Fechas para Agendar:

28-30 de abril— Taller en inglés para los Promotores JPIC Internacionales sobre “Cómo vivir y promover relaciones justas (JPIC) con uno mismo, con los otros, con la creación y con Dios”, dirigido por Francisco O’Conaire, OFM en la Casa Generalicia de los Salvatorianos, Via Della Conciliazione 51, 00193 Roma. El anuncio está en el sitio web www.jpicroma.org. Para las inscripciones, dirigirse jpicroma@gmail.com.

 

 

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Way of the Cross 2017

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Way of the Cross on Palm Sunday organized by the JPIC Commission secretariat beginning with Eucharistic celebration at the Divine Word Missionaries Via dei Verbiti 1 at 9:00. Please bring your Palms and it will be in Italian English Spanish and Portuguese. Route Piazza dei Partiggiani – Piramide –Testaccio – PortaPortese – San Francesco a Ripa – San Calisto – S. Maria in Trastevere – S. Egidio – S. Maria della Luce – Fatebene Fratelli Hospital – S. Bartolomeo Tiber Island.

INTRODUCTION: The way of the cross is a sojourn of the soul inviting us to remember that we are faith walkers, compassionate pilgrims and not sightseers or tourists.  As such, this journey takes us to places, memories and realities where we’d rather not go or about which we would rather not think. By walking this way with Jesus suffering now in so many of our brothers and sisters, we feel again their pain, aloneness and suffering. We are urged once again to be full of care for and empathy with our brothers and sisters.

This year 2017’s reflection is based on Pope Francis’ Message for the World Day of Peace entitled: Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace.  In his message, He repeats his observation that “we find ourselves engaged in a horrifying world war fought piecemeal” or world war three “in installments.” His message is that active nonviolence is the only sure way to peace: “Violence is not the cure for our broken world.” The pope asks us to go beyond the surface of a conflict, see others in their “deepest dignity” and “make active nonviolence our way of life.” “Whoever accepts the Good News of Jesus is able to acknowledge the violence within and be healed by God’s mercy, becoming in turn an instrument of reconciliation.”

As we visit various places and stop at monuments that mark historical events of people who lived here before us, let us remember that a follower of Christ cannot desire freedom from the cross which is the nonviolent symbol of love for he or she was specifically chosen to be the disciple of nonviolent love – Jesus Christ. ITALIAN

FIRST STATION: Jesus is Condemned to Death ENGLISH

L:   We adore you O Christ and we praise you

All: By your death you have redeemed the world and its people.

Stazione Ostiense – This Station was built by Mussolini to welcome Hitler to Rome in 1942. We call to mind the dictators and dictatorships of the past and, more importantly, those that exist now and the cruelty, havoc and suffering they are having on their people and the world.

Scripture: While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, accompanied by a large crowd, with swords and clubs, who had come from the chief priests and the elders of the people. His betrayer had arranged a sign with them, saying, “The man I shall kiss is the one; arrest him.”Immediately he went over to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and he kissed him. Jesus answered him, “Friend, do what you have come for.” Then stepping forward they laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. And behold, one of those who accompanied Jesus put his hand to his sword, drew it, and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his ear.

Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its sheath, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.” (Matthew 26:47-52)

Reflection: Jesus himself lived in violent times. Yet he taught that the true battlefield, where violence and peace meet, is the human heart: for “it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come” (Mk 7:21). But Christ’s message in this regard offers a radically positive approach. He unfailingly preached God’s unconditional love, which welcomes and forgives. He taught his disciples to love their enemies (cf. Mt 5:44) and to turn the other cheek (cf. Mt 5:39). When he stopped her accusers from stoning the woman caught in adultery (cf. Jn 8:1-11), and when, on the night before he died, he told Peter to put away his sword (cf. Mt 26:52), Jesus marked out the path of nonviolence. (Pope Francis WDP 2017 message no.3)

Let us pray together: Dear God, we wish peace to every man, woman and child, and we pray that the image and likeness of God in each person will enable us to acknowledge one another as sacred gifts endowed with immense dignity. Especially in situations of conflict, let us respect this, our “deepest dignity”, and make active nonviolence our way of life. Amen.(Pope Francis WDP 2017 message no.1)

Sung Refrain: Grant to us, O God, a heart renewed, Recreate in us your own spirit, Lord

SECOND STATION: Jesus takes up the Cross SPANISH

L:   We adore you O Christ and we praise you

All: By your death you have redeemed the world and its people.

Piazzale Ostiense–The Monument erected in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of memory of the victims of Nazi – Fascism, five types of people that were discriminated and condemned to be deported to concentration camps: Homosexuals, immigrants, the gypsies, Jews and political adversaries.

Scripture: Jesus called the people with his disciples and said to them, “If any want to be my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)

Reflection: Saint Francis of Assisi said “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” We live in the time of diversity. In our local neighborhood, we experience different nationalities, different cultures, different values, different religions, hear different languages and so on. Let us be the witness of compassion and pity, not exclusion and indifference. Let us carry our own cross, the cross which invites all humankind to salvation.

Let us pray together: Dear God, you invited us to carry our own cross and follow you. Open our heart to our sisters and brothers of a different culture, orientation, race, religion, belief and country. Give us strength to carry the cross to witness your love.

Sung Refrain: Grant to us, O God, a heart renewed, Recreate in us your own spirit, Lord

THIRD STATION: Jesus falls for the first time PORTUGUESE

L:   We adore you O Christ and we praise you

All: By your death you have redeemed the world and its people.

This Aurelian Walls (Mura Aureliane): This Aurelian Walls (Mura Aureliane) are a line of city walls built between 271 AD and 275 AD during the reign of the  Emperors Aurelian and Probus. They superseded the earlier Servian Wall built during the 4th century BC.The walls enclosed all the seven hills of Rome plus the Campus Martius and, on the right bank of the Tiber, the Trastevere district. The size of the entire enclosed area is 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres). This wall was built to protect people against outside violence.

Scripture: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his wounds we are healed”. (Isaiah 53:5).

Reflection 1: Along the slow and final journey of his mission, Jesus succumbs under the weight of the consequences of his choice. All the heavy burdens of human weakness which, in moments of fear and pain, are capable of betraying and condemning weighs upon His shoulders and brings Him to the ground. He is blended in with the material from which every human being is made. That is the earth from which every human is drawn to be free, to live as sister and brother. But with this same earth we erect walls. Apparently walls serve to protect, but in fact, they, end up growing selfishness, division, pride, separation, prejudice and death.

Reflection 2: When human beings feel unsafe there is a tendency to build walls. This is unlike Jesus who became a bridge between God and us. When we feel afraid of other human beings, this project of Jesus for us collapses. Pope Francis often appeals “not to create walls but to build bridges; to defeat evil with good, the offence with forgiveness; an offence you overcome with forgiveness.”

Reflection 3: Mahatma Gandhi, the well-known master of non-violence, experienced many times in his life the meaning of facing the social walls that overwhelm and weigh on people shoulders. Fighting against prejudice and division in the society, he always defended life and the peaceful way to solve problems. Gandhi said: “A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act”. Then, he added: “There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.”

Let us pray together: Lord Jesus, help us, with your grace, to bring down the real and imaginary walls created by our sins. Please, strengthen our courage, so that we may be signs of life and hope, building bridges instead of walls. Help us to set free the sons and daughters of God oppressed by injustice, prejudice, war and corruption. May we, like Mahatma Gandhi and many others, be able to dream and affirm the value of love with the testimony our life. Amen

(Let us stretch out our two hands toward the wall like we were pushing out all the walls we build in our mind and our heart and repeat together three times: We are bridge builders!)

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