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PEACE REFLECTIONS
AND PRAYERS

WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT NORTH KOREA?

It's July, 2017, and North Korea has just fired off another missile that is thought to be able to reach Alaska and maybe even further east into the continental United States. What do we do?

When Korea was divided at the end of World War II, North Korea became dependent on a dynastic family. Kim, is now the leader in that dynastic family, and he is adament that he will never give up any nuclear weapons in North Korea if other countries keep theirs. This simply won't happen. China is not much help because they see North Korea as a buffer on the Korean peninsula.

A pre-emptive strike by the Trump administration would be a disaster. Experts say a war with North Korea could cost the lives of one million people and $1 trillion in damage. Very few people want this to happen.

We must pray for peace daily and contact our elected officials in Washington to say that we want peace at all costs. War with North Korea will get us nowhere. Peace at all costs.

--Betty Kenny, OSF; Project Manager, SISTERS ONLINE

SAINT FRANCIS PLEDGE

Commit to the FRANCIS Pledge below, using the letters in the name of Saint Francis.

I commit to:

Faciliate a forum for difficult discourse and acknowledge that all dialogue can lead to new insight and mutual understanding.

Respect the dignity of all people, especially the dignity of those who hold an opposing view.

Audit myself and utilize terms or a vocabulary of faith to unite or reconcile rather than divide conflicting positions.

Neutralize inflamed conversations by presuming that those with whom we differ are acting in good faith.

Collaborate with others and recognize that all human engagement is an opportunity to promote peace.

Identify common ground such as similar values or concerns and utilize this as a foundation to build upon.

Support efforts to clean up the provocative language by calling policymakers to their sense of personal integrity.

 

A PLEDGE OF NONVIOLENCE

1. As you prepare to march, meditate on the life and teachings of Jesus.

2. Remember the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation--not victory.

3. Walk and talk in the manner of love; for God is love.

4. Pray daily to be used by God that all men and women might be free.

5. Sacrifice personal wishes that all might be free.

6. Observe with friend and foes the ordinary rules of courtesy.

7. Perform regular service for others and the world.

8. Refrain from violence of fist, tongue, and heart.

9. Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.

10. Follow the directions of the movement leaders and of the captains on demonstrations.

--Used in the U.S. civil rights movement in the 1950s and '60s