Pax Christi of Eastern Oklahoma

A Local Community of
The National Catholic Peace Movement

Pax Christi is concerned with war and violence
and the building of just structures.

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 Catholic Peace Teaching 
Weekly bulletin inserts highlighting quotes from Catholic leaders

January 1, 2012
The gap between the rich and poor has become more marked, even in the most economically developed nations. This is a problem which the conscience of humanity cannot ignore, since the conditions in which a great number of people are living are an insult to their innate dignity.
Pope Benedict XVI, Fighting Poverty to Build Peace, January 1, 2009

January 8, 2012
A firm determination to respect the dignity of other peoples along with the deliberate practice of fraternal love are absolutely necessary for the achievement of peace.  Accordingly, peace is also the fruit of love, for love goes beyond what justice can ensure.
The Church in the Modern World, (Vatican II document) (Pastoral Constitution On The Church In The Modern World (Gaudium Et Spes), Promulgated by His Holiness, Pope Paul VI, on December 7, 1965), ¶78

January 15, 2012
The Church’s teaching on war and peace establishes a strong presumption against war which is binding on all; it then examines when this presumption may be overridden, precisely in the name of preserving the kind of peace which promotes human dignity and human rights. 
The Challenge of Peace (US Catholic Bishops, 1983), ¶70

January 22, 2012
They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.  O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.
Isaiah 2: 4-5

January 29, 2012
Respect for and development of human life requires peace.  Peace is not merely the absence of war, and it is not limited to maintaining a balance of powers between adversaries.  . . . Peace is “the tranquility of order.”  Peace is the work of justice and the effect of charity.
Catechism of the Catholic Church, ¶2304

February 5, 2012
Peace results from that harmony built into human society by its divine founder, and actualized by men as they thirst after ever greater justice. 
The Church in the Modern World, (Vatican II document) (Pastoral Constitution On The Church In The Modern World (Gaudium Et Spes), Promulgated by His Holiness, Pope Paul VI, on December 7, 1965), ¶78

February 12, 2012
War should belong to the tragic past, to history: it should find no place on humanity’s agenda for the future.  Holy Mass Of Pentecost homily of John Paul II, Solemnity of Pentecost, Coventry, 30 May 1982

February 19, 2012
Peace is defined as harmony among those who are divided. When, therefore, we end the civil war within our nature and cultivate peace within ourselves, we become at peace.
A Treatise on Christian Perfection written by St. Gregory, bishop of Nyssa (d. 395AD)

February 26, 2012
True Peace Calls for "Reverence for Life"…No society can live in peace with itself, or with the world, without a full awareness of the worth and dignity of every human person, and of the sacredness of all human life.
The Challenge of Peace (US Catholic Bishops, 1983) ¶285

March 4, 2012
I will hear what the Lord God has to say, a voice that speaks of peace, peace for his people and his friends and those who turn to him in their hearts.
Psalm 85:8

March 11, 2012
Peacemaking is not an optional commitment. It is a requirement of our faith. We are called to be peacemakers, not by some movement of the moment, but by our Lord Jesus.
The Challenge of Peace (US Catholic Bishops, 1983), ¶333

March 18, 2012
We all want peace, but how do we achieve it? … “You shall love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and all your mind. This is the greatest commandment. The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 
Mark 12:30-31

March 25, 2012
Assisi tells us that faithfulness to one's own religious convictions … is not expressed in violence and intolerance but in sincere respect for others, in dialogue … while remaining committed to peace and reconciliation.
Pope Benedict XVI,
Homily in Assisi, June 17, 2007