Nonviolence

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To be visionaries of peace we need to be contemplatives of nonviolence, people who imagine the God of peace, who let God disarm our hearts, who allow the God of peace to show us the way to peace. As visionaries and contemplatives of peace, we can then become a prophetic people who not only denounce imperial violence as ungodly, immoral, and evil, but announce God's way of nonviolence, justice and peace. – John Dear, S.J.

Books: Nonviolence

Seeking Peace English

Seeking Peace

By Johann Christoph Arnold

Where can we find peace of heart and mind – with ourselves, with others, and with God? Arnold says there is such a peace, but it will demand a relentless pursuit kept up only by hope and courage, vision and commitment. Français 한국어 Español

The Violence of Love English

The Violence of Love

By Oscar Romero

Three short years transformed Romero from a defender of the status quo into one of the church’s most outspoken voices of the oppressed. Though silenced by an assassin’s bullet, the challenge of his life lives on. Free .pdf, .prc, .epub and now audiobook. Español

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Why Forgive?

By Johann Christoph Arnold

No matter the weight of our bitterness or despair, forgiving is the surest way to get out from under it. But that's easier said than done. Why Forgive? brings together survivors of crime, betrayal, bigotry, and abuse - and ordinary men and women plagued by everyday strife. Together, their stories will challenge and encourage others wherever they are on the road to healing. العربية 中文 Français Deutsch हिंदी עברית മലയാളം русский 한국어 Español

Articles: Nonviolence

Izzeldin Abuelaish

Better Than Hatred

By Izzeldin Abuelaish

A Palestinian doctor who grew up as a refugee and lost three of his daughters to a bomb, speaks about his life, his rejection of hatred, and the value of each human life.

Tom Cornell

Because We Were Christian Pacifists

By Timothy Keiderling

Plough correspondent Timothy Keiderling sits down to talk with Catholic peace activist Tom Cornell. During the Vietnam War, Cornell worked to highlight human rights violations in Vietnam and helped pacifists gain conscientious objector status.

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Käthe Kollwitz’s Pietà

Also known as “Mother with Her Dead Son,” this sculpture gives expression to the mourning of mothers everywhere, from the Middle East to the Congo. In this way, it draws us into the heart of Jesus’ cryptic beatitude, “Blessed are those who mourn.”

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Mozart’s Music of Forgiveness

By Colin Fields

Was Mozart an early pioneer of nonviolent conflict resolution? This stirring aria from his opera “The Magic Flute” imagines a world freed from the cycle of revenge through love and forgiveness toward enemies.