Understand Gospel Peace: Become Active Persons of Peace

by Sister Julie Ann on July 18, 2009

img_6154.jpgChoosing to come to the Motherhouse in Manitowoc, WI, on July 17 or July 18, 2009, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity assembled for an important community meeting. One of the purposes of the gathering was to begin an in-depth Peace Study.

img_6145.jpgSisters Mary Ann Spanjers, OSF, Leonette Kochan, OSF, Mardelle Meinholz, OSF, Marlita Henseler, OSF, and Rosalyn Muraski, OSF, researched, planned, and presented materials.  

The goal of the study is:

That we, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, deepen our understanding of Gospel Peace so as to become active persons of peace.

Community members will concentrate on the following monthly themes from August 2009 to May 2010:

  • Scriptural Foundation and Nonviolent Peace Education
  • The Problem of Evil
  • Creation and Franciscanism
  • Salvation in Christ
  • The Incarnation
  • World Day of Peace and Pacem In Terris
  • Reconciliation
  • Inner Peace and Prayer from the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Contemporary situations, current dvds viewed with the eyes of  Gospel peace

img_6158.jpgEach theme will include personal prayer, input, sharing/discussion/interaction and ritual.

In addition to learning about the various components of an in-depth Peace Study, the Franciscan Sisters also heard presentations on these topics:

What would you include in an in-depth Peace Study?

9 thoughts on “Understand Gospel Peace: Become Active Persons of Peace”

  1. It was so good to hear from a variety of sisters on the topics presented. Hearing the sisters’ reflection on their experience of obedience, hearing Sister Laura explain some facets of canon and civil law, hearing Sister Louise and council members speak all made for an engaging and informative day.

    We are headed for a wonderful year of community sharing on many facets of peace. I wish everyone reading this could see the booklet produced for our reflective study.

  2. Sister Rosangela says:

    It is always good to come together with our Sisters. It seems to renew us in Spirit. This particular meeting stressed Obedience and Peace. In reflecting on this meeting, to put it very simply, I think by living in Obedience I am at Peace with myself in my service to God through Community. Only in this way can I live in Peace and bring Peace to others.

  3. Sister Roseangela was insightful in her last comment. It reminded me that in our revised Community Prayer Book we now have more specifically Franciscan prayers. I think this line from Francis’ ‘A Salutation of the Blessed Virgin Mary’ affirms Sister’s comments:
    “And hail all You holy virtues which are poured into the hearts of the faithful through grace and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, that from being unbelievers, You may make them faithful to God.”

  4. Sster Mary Bodwim says:

    I read some of the articles in the Peace Study and I appreciate all the time and effort that went imto this booklet.
    I wish to thank the committee for all their work.
    Sister Mary Bodwin

  5. A few lines from Pope Benedict’s recent encyclical Caritas in Veritate address peace:

    “Even peace can run the risk of being considered a technical product, merely the outcome of agreements between governments or of iniatives aimed at ensuring effective economic aid. It is true that peacebuilding requires the constant interplay of diplomatic contacts, economic, technological and cultural exchanges, agreements on common projects as well as joint strategies to curb the threat of military conflict and to root out the underlying causes of terrorism. Nevertheless, if such efforts are to have lasting effects, they must be based on values rooted in the truth of human life.”

    How right for an in-depth Study on Peace to begin with the ground work of love and mutual understanding.

  6. It is so good to hear all the encouraging thoughts regarding this study of peace! May the Holy Spirit continue to lead us into an ever-deeper awareness of living Jesus’ Gospel of peace!

  7. Sister Mary Hugh says:

    Your work has been great. Lots of time has gone into this. I’m sure
    it will be greatly appreciated.

  8. Sister Joellen says:

    After having my opportunity to make my Assisi Pilgrimage this summer, I am really inspired by the community’s study of Peace for this year. Thinking of how St. Francis and his followers didn’t just try to bring peace but gave up everything to be peace to others has brought a change in myself.

    The first article in our study challenges us to recognize the reality of each person we meet and to welcome that reality fully in our lives while also taking care of our own needs. Let us all find one small way to be peace for another today.

  9. Sister Sharon Paul says:

    The overall Community Gathering at our Motherhouse in Manitowoc was life-giving, well-planned, and hearing from the grass-roots added that extra spark of lived reality. Congratulations to the Peace & Justice Committee for the hard-work expanded on the themes of Peace & Justice rendered for our yearly STUDY as a Community. Having each house studying on the same topics will strengthen not only our individual houses but community-wide. We continue to build on those wonderful, strong women who have come before us. The road ahead has many challenges and difficulties and Pope Benedict says that for renewal “much honesty, humility, courage, open-mindedness, dialogue, sacrifice, perseverance and prayer will be needed.” There are two ways as Jesus reminded us: one is the narrow way that leads to life & peace and the other is wide that can lead to destruction. Let us go forward in living the BEATITUDES that can bring PEACE & a Compassionate heart to others.

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