Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI encourages us to learn about an inspiring Christian peacemaker: Ben Salmon.
"One of the inspiring Christians of the last century was Ben Salmon, the American Catholic conscientious objector to World War I. Whenever my spirits sag over the apparently dim prospects for peace, I think of Ben, layman, husband, and father, peacemaker and resister. His was a lonely, steadfast stretch of discipleship to the nonviolent Jesus. I’ve thought often of Ben and taken his example to heart. Imagine! Long before Mahatma Gandhi, Franz Jagerstatter, Dorothy Day, Dr. King or Thomas Merton -- before the Catholic Worker or Pax Christi or NCR, before Archbishop Romero, Vatican II or the Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Peace -- this lone man stood and said that because of Jesus, he would not be a soldier. Right here in the United States."
Read more here: https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/road-peace/ben-salmon-and-army-peace