Long ago, Daniel Berrigan told me a tragic story about being invited to speak to a packed church of cloistered nuns somewhere on the East Coast in 1965. They wanted him to read from his latest book of poetry. He did, but then began to quietly denounce the growing U.S. war in Vietnam. The congregation exploded. "How dare you attack our country?" they shouted. "If we don't kill those communists, they'll invade and take over," they said.
On the Road to Peace
On the Road to Peace: Doing Time for Peace tells of those who have gone to jail in following the nonviolent Jesus.
On the Road to Peace: President Obama's inauguration brings thoughts of the war in Afghanistan and the women and children who suffer at the hands of the U.S.
On the Road to Peace: In honor of peacemaker and civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, here are a few of his prayers to help work toward nonviolence.
On the Road to Peace: While the government officials who call for drone strikes in Afghanistan walk free, one longtime peace activist is in prison.
God of Peace,
Thank you for your Christmas gift of peace, for the birth and life of the nonviolent Jesus, and all the blessings of peace, hope and love he offers us all.
Year after year, we continue to reject those blessings and offerings of peace, but you keep giving them to us. Everywhere we look, we see violence, war, greed, guns, drones, killings, injustice, nuclear weapons and catastrophic climate change. Even within us, we cling to violence and the old paradigms of war. It seems we are dead set on rejecting your life-giving invitations to peace.
This is part two of my diary from Afghanistan. It's very long, but I offer it to those who are interested in my experience in Afghanistan, where we have waged the longest war in U.S. history. To learn more about the Afghan Peace Volunteers, visit 2millionfriends.org, ourjourneytosmile.com and vcnv.org. Merry Christmas to one and all!
Kabul, Afghanistan -- Afghan youth hope to gather two million signatures on peace petition.
On the Road to Peace: In his first dispatch from Afghanistan, Jesuit Fr. John Dear describes his first days in the war-torn country and what he's learned so far.
On the Road to Peace: Before leaving for Afghanistan, Jesuit Fr. John Dear asked several Afghani teenagers how the war has impacted them and their lives.