Jones and Horan Peace Team

Striving For Peace in the World by Returning Good for Evil

Quotes

Some Quotes From Peace Activists:

Regarding St. Thereses’s Little Way of Nonviolence, John Dear said:  “Given our culture of violence and the world’s wars, I prefer to translate Thérèse’s spirituality as “the little way of nonviolence.” Through these small acts of great love, we root out every trace of violence within us, allow God to disarm our hearts, and share in God’s disarmament of the world. As more and more people practice this little way of nonviolence, love becomes contagious, wars end, and weapons are dismantled. As we organize our nonviolent love into direct public action, as Dorothy Day did, we can end nuclear air raid drills–and someday, nuclear weapons themselves.  This little way of nonviolence is revolutionary for it demands steadfast inner determination to confront the selfishness and violence within us, to open our hearts to be consumed by God’s love, and to overwhelm those we do not like with good deeds, kindness, and loving service. Her example of taking the tough Sister St. Peter around in her wheelchair, preparing her food, and responding to her snappy remarks with a pleasant smile models interpersonal nonviolence for us.”  (John Dear- National Catholic  Reporter– Sept 29, 2009)

Arun Gandhi said: “You can quote me as saying Mahatma Gandhi would disagree with the Plowshares actions because they employ tactics of secrecy and destruction of property. I also think locking up the most courageous and devoted peace leaders for long prison terms is a way of weakening the peace movement. Those leaders could do much more for peace outside of jail than in it.” ( The Jesus Journal – Summer 1995 – No. 77 – page 44 )

“Common people who are not directly involved in social debates and political conflicts have their lives to live, they become angry at those who are disturbing their lives or damaging property that has to be repaired using public funds. Thus the average person, whose support is often necessary for lasting success, is alienated. Rather than leading to a resolution, they escalate the conflict and create more deeply entrenched opponents.” (Legacy of Love by Arun Gandhi – page 132)

“No secret organization, however big, could do any good. Secrecy aims at building a wall of protection around you. Ahimsa disdains all such protection. It functions in the open in the face of odds, the heaviest conceivable. We have to organize for action a vast people that have been crushed under the heel of unspeakable tyranny for centuries. They cannot be organized by other than open, truthful means. I have grown up from youth to seventy-six years in abhorrence of secrecy. There must be no watering down of the ideal.” (Mahatma Gandhi – quoted by Thomas Merton in his book: Gandhi on Non-Violence – page 40)

“Most activists do not go in for naked violence yet, but they will. In other words, there are ways and means to force people to go in a certain direction. That is okay, that is politics, you might say. If you are a politician you need to know about it and deal with it, but we have to stay out of it.” (Thomas Merton – Thomas Merton in Alaska – page 108)

“Non-violence has become all fouled-up and is turning into a sort of semi-violence.” (Thomas Merton – Thomas Merton in Alaska– page109)

“We can no more save ourselves from our enemies than we can save ourselves from sin, but God’s amazing grace offers to save us from both. There is, in fact, no other way to God for our time but through the enemy, for loving the enemy has become the key both to human survival in
the age of terror and to personal transformation. Either we find the God who causes the sun to rise on evil and on the good, or we may have no more sunrises.” (John Stoner)

“A servant church must have as its priority solidarity with the poor,” he said. “The faith must express itself in charity and in solidarity, which is the civil form of charity,” Hummes said.

“Today more than ever, the church faces this challenge. In fact, effective solidarity with the poor, both individual persons and entire nations, is indispensable for the construction of peace. Solidarity corrects injustices, reestablishes the fundamental rights of persons and of nations, overcomes poverty and even resists the revolt that injustice provokes, eliminating the violence that is born with revolt and constructing peace.” (Cardinal Claudio Hummes)

“In the Pax Christi Vow of Nonviolence, There is a fatal flaw.  No Christian can carry out in his life, the love and example of Jesus “by actively resisting evil”. Our Lord did not set the example of “actively resisting evil”.  Rather, He tolerated evil to the point of being “led like a Lamb to the slaughter”.  Yet, He smothered evil with good by an assault on the flank.  The flank assault, as any good soldier knows, is an attempt to strike the enemy at an advantageous angle – not directly. Such an angle, Our Lord has demonstrated, is most effective in dealing with the powers of evil. This angle implies not “actively resisting evil”, even though that resistance may be nonviolent. Rather, It suggests the gracious embrace of love on the side. Concretely, this means that Christians should get rid of the tactics of blocking entrances to missile bases or otherwise harassing the Pentagon. On the side however, we should be supporting the work of Arun Gandhi for he has found that Christlike angle from which to assault the evil of war.”  (William Horan 2008)

“Both Dorothy and Merton were firm believers in patient efforts simply to communicate to others what the Gospel is all about, what the Church teaches, and the value of paying attention to saints who in various ways set a timely example. This is not so much carrying out what are sometimes called “prophetic actions” as engaging in ordinary acts of communication. While being patient and even supportive of me and others who engaged in such dramatic acts of civil disobedience as breaking into draft offices and burning draft files, neither Dorothy nor Merton recommended such tactics as a method of protest.”  (Jim Forest  at the Catholic Peace Fellowship Conference in South Bend, Indiana, on 24 March 2007)