You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. — Matthew 5:43-44
Sr. Mary Alban Bouchard holds two of her 17 peace education booklets
written in the Haitian Kreyol language. This peace education
continues after Sr. Mary Alban’s death in September 2013.
“Peace” wrote Sr. Mary Alban Bouchard in her book Peace is Possible “is the healing of divisions, the ordering of chaos, and making one by love. (It sounds a little like the Kingdom of God, doesn’t it?) Peace is oneness through a union brought by nonviolent harmonization, not through one destroying the others. When I think of God whom we know as Three Persons yet One God — that is my model for peace.”
As a community committed to unity and reconciliation, the Sisters place great importance on promoting positive peace — that is, peace that comes from the integration of human society — rather than negative peace which is merely the absence of physical violence or war. It is, therefore, natural that the Ministry for Social Justice, Peace, and Care of Earth would make building a culture of peace and nonviolence one of its priorities.
With partners that include PeaceQuest, an initiative of the Sisters of Providence in Kingston, and the Mary Ward Centre, a project of the Loretto Sisters, Canadian Province, the Ministry for Social Justice, Peace, and Care of Earth promotes peace through prayer, outreach, education, rallies, and events.
Click on the links below to learn more about peace and nonviolence.
- Waging Nonviolence
- Metta Center for Nonviolence
- Pace e Bene Nonviolence Services
- Christian Peacemaker Teams
- The Center for Nonviolent Communication
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