In accord with church teaching and directives, we work actively, especially in our local situations, to eliminate the root causes of injustice in order to realize a world of peace, justice, and love.”YOU ARE SENT, CONSTITUTION OF THE SCHOOL SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME
Pray for Peace
As School Sisters of Notre Dame, we are called “to eliminate the root causes of injustice in order to realize a world of peace, justice, and love.” We hear these words echoed in the words of Pope Francis: “We must be peacemakers, and our communities must be schools of respect and dialogue with those of other ethnic or religious groups, places where we learn to overcome tensions, foster just and peaceful relations between peoples and social groups, and build a better future for coming generations.” (August 26, 2014).
Pope St. John Paul II linked peace with prayer in his 2002 address to representatives of world religions: “If peace is God’s gift and has its source in Him, where are we to seek it and how can we build it, if not in a deep and intimate relationship with God? To build the peace of order, justice and freedom requires, therefore, a priority commitment to prayer, which is openness, listening, dialogue and finally union with God, the prime wellspring of true peace. To pray is not to escape from history and the problems it presents.”
In preparation for the International Day of Peace on September 21, the Shalom Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation in our Atlantic-Midwest Province has prepared monthly prayer services for July, August and September. Each province in the SSND congregation has a Shalom Center of Prayer for Peace where we pray for peace on a particular day of the month, and it is suggested that the prayer service be prayed on each area’s day to pray for peace. We invite our friends and colleagues to join us in prayer any time throughout each month.
July – From Violence to Nonviolence
August – Commit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence
September – International Day of Peace (and the supplemental Sustainable Development Goals)