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Decade of Peace and Non-Violence.

This is the decade that the United Nations Organization has dedicated
to creating a culture of non-violence in our world.
Perhaps it is worth reflecting together
on how we can play our particular part in that worldwide movement.

What does creating a culture of non-violence mean for us?
It might mean attention to the way we speak to one another,
or to our gestures,
or to the thoughts that we harbour.
However we interpret it, we can play our part
in making non-violence a reality where we live and work.

Peace in our World graphic. Go to Site of International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence. Paula Terroni, fcJ (2 October 2001)

On 19 November 1998, the Fifty-third session of the United Nations General Assembly, "convinced that such a decade, at the beginning of the new millennium, would greatly assist the efforts of the international community to foster peace, harmony, all human rights, democracy and development throughout the world," proclaimed the period 2001-2010 as the:

International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence
for the Children of the World.

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FCJs and the Decade of Non-Violence

This first decade of the new millennium has been designated the decade of non-violence. What more fitting way could there be to mark this time of grace. Our general chapter Pathways offer us a way to make our charism incarnate in the reality of today, encouraging us to respond to the particular needs of our time. It is striking to see how the Pathways resonate with the theme of non-violence. Living in awareness of the presence of God in all of creation, acting justly and struggling to promote justice in all we do, seeking conversion in our lifestyle so that the gap between rich people and poor people will be lessened - all these are expressions of a desire to live in the harmony and the peace that Jesus came to bring. Our solidarity in promoting the dignity of women, and our desire to bridge cultural divides as a response to Gospel values, the inclusiveness with which we wish to live are, again, rooted in attitudes of respect and gentleness that are characteristic of our lives. Living the Pathways, like the living of non-violence, is not so much about something we do, but more about who we are and who we want to be. The Pathways permeate not only our apostolic activities, but also the way in which we relate to one another. It is important for us to see that we are not alone in the efforts we make in the Society to live fully the way that Jesus has shown us. The insights that come to us through our own particular identity as Faithful Companions of Jesus converge with the striving of many people who seek for meaning and in whom the Spirit breathes the same call to live in love and justice, people of many faiths and traditions. Let us be open to the richness their insights have to offer us, and let us rejoice to be part of a movement so immense and irrepressible. But there is a deeper sense in which we are not alone, as these words of Oscar Romero convey so well:

"Human beings long for peace, for justice, for something holy, for what is far from earth's realities. We can have such a hope, not because we ourselves are able to construct the realm of happiness that God's holy words proclaim, but because the builder of the reign of justice, of love, and of peace that is already in the midst of us."(Oscar Romero, "The Violence of Love", compiled and translated by James Brockman, SJ and published by The Plough Publishing House, Farmington, USA)

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