We Are All Called

Those gathered at St. Leo’s Church in Tacoma today focused on what it means to be missioned.  We celebrated the prophetic mission of nuclear disarmament, affirmed our own call to work for nonviolence, and knelt in self-reflection before the God of Peace alongside those preparing for baptism and confirmation in the Catholic church.

The congregation met Father Pat Lee’s opening cry of “NO MORE WAR!” with resounding applause and a standing ovation.

“God is not about war,” Father Lee continued.  “Throughout the ages, God wants peace.”  Today’s scripture readings recalled how God sent the Israelites water in the desert; the Samaritan woman at the well asked Jesus to give her living water.  Here in Puget Sound, Father Lee said, we have turned our life-giving water into death-giving water.  “We need to listen to what God wants… our God is a God of life.  War and nuclear weapons represent death.”

Father Lee reflected on the position of a prophet, and what a challenging role it is to embrace.  Prophets open themselves before God in full recognition their humanity, and yet before the people, they are God’s voice.  Prophets are taken into the courts, just as Jesus was.

Father Lee called on Anne, Bix, Lynne, Steve, and Susan to pray for the jailers and pray for those in jail.  He asked them to continue to be the bearers of light, peace, and life in prison that they are outside of prison.

After an emotional celebration of the Eucharist, Father Lee missioned Steve and Bix as Jesuits to witness to the love and peace of God in federal prison.  Sister Frances Tobin delivered a blessing on behalf of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Anne’s community.  Then all of us raised our hands in blessing over the five.  In the name of all the people of St. Leo’s Parish, Father Steve Lantry anointed each of the members of Disarm Now Plowshares and commissioned them to this new work in their lives.

Chrissy, for Disarm Now Plowshares

Anne’s missioning letterBix’s missioning letterSteve’s missioning letter

5 Responses

  1. I will pray for each of you daily. I am a Sacred Heart Alum.and am proud of your work. Thank you for standing up for peace and justice.
    Marilyn Curran Ryan

    • Dear Marilyn,
      As an RSCJ and one committed to addressing the need to stop the madness of creating horrendous, death-dealing weapons, I appreciated your kind note on the blog. Thanks very much.
      Fran Tobin RSCJ

  2. Father Bix, my prayers are with you and so is my family here in Montana. I thank you for seeking peace for all and you courage in doing this mission. Also your disciples in pursuing the mission of peace in the world and for all.

  3. ….we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven
    character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint…Romans, 5/4-5

  4. Your strength and commitment is a beacon for me.

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