Celebrating Mother’s Day in a BIG Way at Ground Zero

Dear Friends,

Yesterday was a great day to be outdoors (not a cloud to be seen), and people gathered at the Main entrance gate to the Bangor Trident submarine base to demonstrate our resistance to the most horrific weapon (system) of mass destruction ever devised – TRIDENTGround Zero Center for Nonviolent Action held its annual Mothers Day Weekend action – this year’s theme was Moms Against Bombs. Continue reading

Advertisements

Of Gods and Men

Pax Christi Tacoma will sponsor the film “OfGods and Men” this upcoming Saturday, March 31st, at St. Leo Church– 710 S 13th St, following the 5 PM mass. The movie is scheduled to begin around 6 PM.

Inspired by a true storybetween 1993 until 1996, eight French Trappist monks care for and live in harmony with their Muslim brothers and sisters in an impoverished Algerian community.

When a crew of foreignworkers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region and the monks face the decision of their lives. The military government offers them protection, but they refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but tostay… come what may!

There will be a discussion about the film and what it means in our life today following the movie for anyone who wishes to join; I know you great souls will not want to miss the gripping dialogue that only Pax Christi leadership can convey.  However, for us lesser souls Theresa will be making her extra rich chocolate cookies, temping us to weaken in these last hours of Lent.

Of Gods and Men is a very powerful film that leads naturally to reflections of faithfulness and fits well into the theme of Palm Sunday and Holy Week. Hope you can join us.

Peace in the kingdom of danger and risk,

Joe

What We Believe, or The Dream of God

Friends,

Now and then when the violence in the world seems to rage out of control I find myself drawing inward to that contemplative space where I can re-collect my thoughts and center on the task at hand.  Today was one of those times, and I found a suitable meditation thanks to Pax Christi.

The beloved Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara, former Archbishop of Recife and Olinda, Brazil, who died in 1999, is well known for defending the poor and working for social justice.  In response to claims that he was a danger to Brazil’s national security he said, “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why are they poor, they call me a Communist.” Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: