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<  Adult Breakout Group  ~  December 4/6 2009 Gathering Session - Peace on Earth

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A frequently seen bumper sticker proclaims the foundation of the Church's teaching about the true nature of peace: If you want peace, work for justice.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
2304 Respect for and development of human life require peace. Peace is not merely the absence of war, and it is not limited to maintaining a balance of powers between adversaries. Peace cannot be attained on earth without safeguarding the goods of persons, free communication among men, respect for the dignity of persons and peoples, and the assiduous practice of fraternity. Peace is "the tranquility of order." [St. Augustine, City of God 19, 13,1] Peace is the work of justice and the effect of charity. [Cf. Is. 32:17; cf. Vatican II, Gaudium et spes #78, 1-2]
After the all ages opening, all adults and high school and post confirmation including parents of G1-5 children will gather to hear the church's teaching on peace as outlined in: ... 3h07en.pdf

Following this initial 30 minutes, the G1-5 parents will rejoin their children while the remaining groups will break up to discuss this material.[/quote]

Here are some of the source documents referenced by the handout:

The Challenge of Peace (1983 USCCB): ... fPeace.pdf

Confronting a culture of violence *(1994 USCCB)

Pacem in Terris, 1963 encyclical of Pope John XXIII: ... em_en.html

The Harvest of Justice is Sown in Peace: A Reflection of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Tenth Anniversary of The Challenge of Peace (1993)


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