Events in Detail for February and March 2014
WPI FEBRUARY PEACE LUNCH; NOON TO 1:30; FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21st, 2014
Abu Rasheed Lebanese Restaurant 1921 SW 6th Ave. Portland, OR 97201
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The relevance of being a monk in the world today:
St. Benedict of Nursia (c. 480 – 21 March 543 or 547) is a Christian saint, honored by the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church as the patron saint of Europe and students. Benedict founded twelve communities for monks at Subiaco, Italy (about 40 miles (64 km) to the east of Rome), before moving to Monte Cassino in the mountains of southern Italy. Benedict's main achievement is his "Rule of Saint Benedict", containing precepts for his monks. It has a unique spirit of balance, moderation and reasonableness and this persuaded most religious communities founded throughout the Middle Ages to adopt it. As a result, his Rule became one of the most influential religious rules in Western Christendom. For this reason, Benedict is often called the founder of western monasticism.
St. Benedict’s view: Peace and Peacemaking. In his Rule for monks, St. Benedict explored ways that people can live in peace with one another and with God. St. Benedict wrote about the causes and cures of human violence and gives us the tools to apply in our troubled world. For St. Benedict, peace is rooted in God. Anyone who yearns for harmony in the midst of the violence that surrounds us today can learn much from St. Benedict.
Pope Francis Comments on Peace and Peacemaking:
Pope Francis, celebrating his first Christmas as Roman Catholic leader, on Wednesday called for dialogue to end the conflict in South Sudan and all wars, saying everyone should strive to be personal peacemakers. Speaking to tens of thousands of people from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, the same spot where he emerged to the world as pope when he was elected on March 13, Francis also made another appeal for the environment to be saved from "human greed and rapacity". The leader of the 1.2 billion-member Church wove his first "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and world) message around the theme of peace. He called for "social harmony in South Sudan, where current tensions have already caused numerous victims and are threatening peaceful coexistence in that young state."
Thousands are believed to have died in violence divided along ethnic lines between the Nuer and Dinka tribes in the country, which seceded from Sudan in 2011 after decades of war. He also called for dialogue to end the conflicts in Syria, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq, and prayed for a "favorable outcome" to the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. "Wars shatter and hurt so many lives!" he said, saying their most vulnerable victims were children, elderly, battered women and the sick. The thread running through the message was that individuals had a role in promoting peace, either with their neighbor or between nations.
Be Daily Peacemakers: "God is peace: let us ask him to help us to be peacemakers each day, in our life, in our families, in our cities and nations, in the whole world," he said. Pilgrims came from all over the world for Christmas at the Vatican and some said it was because they felt Francis had brought a breath of fresh air to the Church. In his speech, Francis asked God to "look upon the many children who are kidnapped, wounded and killed in armed conflicts, and all those.
Pope Francis’s view of peace and why it is so important today; recently Pope Francis wrote the “Joy of the Gospel” and talked at length about the importance of peacemaking today, talking about the common good and peace and society.
Gary Alan Spanovich, Executive Director
Wholistic Peace Institute
Nobel Peace Laureate Program
an Independent Center at Concordia University
2811 NE Holman Street; Portland, Oregon 97211
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