Violence in its many and varied forms surrounds us. This violence can manifest as physical, emotional, psychological and/or spiritual harm. Some of the most blatant forms of physical and psychological violence include perpetual warfare and exorbitant military spending, feminization of poverty, a throw away culture, and intolerance of difference. In light of this reality, 'Nonviolence and Just Peace' was born, a worldwide initiative that reaffirms the centrality of active nonviolence in the message of Jesus, in the life and praxis of the Catholic Church; and in our vocation to heal and reconcile both people and the planet.
Our Congregational Commitment for Peace is our response to the initiative launched at the Conference on Nonviolence and Just Peace, held in Rome April 11-13, 2016 by the Conference of Major Superiors, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and other Catholic organizations.
After communal discernment and conversation our Congregation (the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word) signed on to the "Appeal to the Catholic Church to Recommit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence" pledging to promote the understanding and practices of active nonviolence on the road to just peace, with the desire to be authentic disciples of Jesus, challenged and inspired by the stories of hope and courage.
In our mission to incarnate the compassionate love of God, caring for the Body of Christ that suffers in the world today, we feel called to transform our own lives, our communities, our countries and our Congregation with actions that lead us to create and support a culture of peace and non-violence.
As the Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, we thank all the Sisters who have helped us to reflect, pray and respond daily to the call of the Incarnate Word at this time. Our task is
challenging but we trust in God who calls us to be artisans of the active and creative nonviolence of Jesus. Because nonviolence practiced with determination and consistency has produced impressive results.