Road Stops On the Road to Peace


Acts 14:19-28; John 14:27-31

Gerardi Bishop and Martyr 1922-98

“Years of terror and death reduced the majority of Guatemalans to fear and silence. Truth is the primary word that makes it possible for us to break this cycle of death and violence and to open ourselves to a future of hope and light for all.

After delivering a report on the findings of research on violence in Guatemala Bishop Gerardi was beaten to death by soldiers.  He sought peace all of his life. He found peace in Christ, but violence surrounded him. Because of the the peace of Christ within him he was able to stand with his people for justice.

It is the peace of Christ that enables us to stand for the homeless, the voiceless, those who do violence and experience violence. I remember the peace I felt when I gave the final rights to the man who killed the person who meant most to me in the world–there was a peace I had never experienced before, because forgiveness brings a us into right relationship with God. It is only in giving that we receive.

The following quote about vegetarianism is one that sums it up–when we kill any living thing, when we eat any living animal, and treat it like it is an object to be used  for in doing so we disturb the peace. We need to start looking at how we live our daily lives in context of the small things that we do every day, and from there asked ourselves the question: “Are we at peace?” and “What do we do to contribute to the peace around us?”  In Christ we find peace, and from that peace we can move out bringing peace in our daily lives.

“We need never look for universal peace on this earth until men stop killing animals for food. The lust for blood has permeated the race thought and the destruction of life will continue to repeat its psychology, the world round, until men willingly observe the law in all phases of life, ‘Thou shalt not kill.’”
~ Charles Fillmore, “The Vegetarian,” May 1920

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


Fr. River Damien Sims

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