Peacemaking / Nonviolence

On August 6 and 9, 2020, we marked 75 years since the United States conducted nuclear attacks against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, devastating their populations and destroying their infrastructure. The production and testing of nuclear weapons in the United States and internationally continues to harm the health, environment, and cultures of communities around the world. 

Send a message to your Members of Congress, asking them to renew the New START Treaty, set to expire in 2021.  This is an important treaty limiting possession of nuclear weapons by the U.S. and Russia.

 

 

 

 

 

August 2019 U.S. Federation Calls for End to Gun Violence

As Sisters of St. Joseph, we share in the communal heartbreak of our nation in the face of unthinkable violence. The recent mass shootings in our country impel us to once again demand that all citizens and elected leaders end the rage and division that all too often results in mass, indiscriminate violence.

Corporate Stance on Nuclear Arms (1984)

The first corporate stance taken by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston is specifically entitled “On Nuclear Arms.” While this focus continues to address a clear and present global issue, the statement itself focuses more broadly on peacemaking in its varied dimensions (as in the selection below), and on reconciliation. Our charism of unity and reconciliation is manifested in nonviolence and peacemaking, in seeking justice for the poor and marginalized, and in advocacy for systemic change.

We resolve, then, not from fear of death, but from love of life, to focus our energies more intensely on peace-making:

  • by confronting the demon of world hunger,
  • by protesting a national prodigality that denies justice to the poor,
  • by seeking relentlessly forms of systemic change,
  • by making peace studies an essential component of our educational system,
  • by being steadfast in the process of inner conversion, by remaining faithful to the task of reconciliation and to non-violence.

We, the women of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston, take this stand regarding nuclear arms:

  • We lament the reality of nuclear weapons.
  • We recognize the sinful situation, which enables their existence.
  • We condemn the creation of any first-strike weapon.
  • We believe, nevertheless, that this situation is already a redeemed one.
  • We deplore the cruel results of the proliferation of nuclear arms.
  • We grieve the suffering of those countless women, men and even children who at this very moment are hungry.
  • We sorrow with those persons, especially the young, who endure ever increasing anxiety and who move to hopelessness and despair.
  • We sorrow with those who are deprived of beauty and art and all good gifts that lift the human spirit to that supreme Beauty “ever ancient and ever new.”
  • We believe, nevertheless, that the power of good is stronger than the force of evil.

We resolve, then, not from fear of death, but from love of life, to focus our energies more intensely on peace-making:

  • by confronting the demon of world hunger,
  • by protesting a national prodigality that denies justice to the poor,
  • by seeking relentlessly forms of systemic change,
  • by making peace studies an essential component of our educational system,
  • by being steadfast in the process of inner conversion,
  • by remaining faithful to the task of reconciliation and to non-violence.

By the grace of God we determine

  • to bend swords into ploughs,
  • to remodel spears into pruning hooks,
  • to reshape instruments of death into instruments of life, to turn the mushroom cloud into a rainbow of justice and peace.

 

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