I have an important reflection for all of us to consider and then two news items.
You are I are aware there is so much violence in our world and society. I want to offer the following, that you and I take the:
Pledge of Nonviolence
Making peace must start within ourselves and in our families. Each of us must commitment ourselves as best we can to become nonviolent and peaceable people:
To Respect Self and Others: to respect myself, to affirm others and to avoid uncaring criticism, hateful words, physical and self-destructive behavior.
To Communicate Better: to share my feelings honestly, to look for safe ways to express my anger, and to work at solving problems peacefully.
To Listen: to listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with me and to consider others’ feelings and needs rather than insist on having my own way.
To Forgive: to apologize and make amends when I have hurt another, to forgive others, and to keep from holding grudges.
To Be Courageous: to challenge violence in all its forms whenever I encounter it, whether at home, at school, at work, or in the community, and to stand with others who are treated unfairly.
From Sister Dorothy Fabritz: it was a joy for me to be present at the Sunday Liturgies for the Missionary Cooperative program. I am grateful for your kindness,and hospitality, for the opportunity to meet so many new friends, and for your generosity in the second collection. Without your generosity and shared mission, much of our work would be in jeopardy. Our Sisters will continue to pray for you and your intentions. mscsr.org
Thank you for all you do for our parish and ensuring that St. John’s if “Good News in the Heart of Philadelphia”.
Peace and God’s blessings,