Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

September is Columban Month of Prayer and Action for Peace

September 10, 2014

  Susan Gunn, Communications and Outreach Associate

september-2014-Peace-monthEach year the International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21. It is a time to rededicate ourselves to the ideals of peace and our biblical call to be peacemakers.

This inspires the Columban Fathers to celebrate September as the Columban Month of Prayer and Action for Peace.

Our work for peace is grounded in the Constitution of the Missionary Society of St. Columban, which says, “Ultimately [solidarity] is to strive to be the poor in Spirit, to be, like Jesus, thirsting for God’s justice, peacemakers enamored of true God-given community.”

In connecting our work for justice and respect for Creation as a path to peace, we join together with our partners of other faith traditions and with our supporters and online communities to shine the light of hope and love on places where the darkness of violence and exclusion prevail, as the recent intense conflicts in the Middle East remind us.

We encourage you to join us by taking a moment each week to pray and act for peace, and invite others to do the same.

Dates to remember in your prayers:

September 11 – Anniversary of Chilean Military Coup
September 14 – Peace Vigil led by Columbans in Lima, Peru
September 21 – Anniversary of Declaration of Martial Law in Philippines
September 21 – International Day of Peace and People’s Climate March
September 23 – U.N. Climate Summit
September 26 – International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Columban Prayer Cards:
Culture of Peace
Vision for Justice
Care for Creation

Education Resources:

From Australia – A Catholic Season of Creation offers four leaflets for the four Sundays of September, based on an exploration of the Sunday Lectionary and the gifts of forests, land, wilderness and water, to help us hear the voice of earth as a voice of God. The Lantern Series tells stories of what Jesus means to the world today.

From Britain – Conflict and Climate Change booklet and DVD teaches how conflict and climate change are linked, and that they can be tackled together by ordinary people, communities, businesses and governments.

From the U.S. – Resources to promote humanitarian protections for women and children who are fleeing violence in Central America and are welcomed at Columban Mission Center in El Paso.

Interreligious Dialogue resources:
The Golden Rule Poster
Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Declaration on Iraq

Action Opportunities:
Support Korea’s Sewol Families calling for a special law for a transparent and independent criminal investigation and indictment on the Sewol Ferry tragedy.
Join People’s Climate March on September 21 in New York City or in your town.
Join Campaign Nonviolence peace events across the U.S. September 21-27.
Write a letter to Congress to ensure the safety of children fleeing violence in Central America and seeking refuge in the U.S.

Prayer Resources from Partner Organizations:

From Pax Christi International:
Prayers for Peace for the Middle East
Education Resource for Peace in Palestine
Campaign for Demilitarization based in Chile (Spanish)

From Caritas Internationalis:
Caritas says tragedy must end in Syria
Prayer and reflections on social justice and poverty

From Christian Aid:
Prayer for Iraq
Prayer for Syria
Prayer for Gaza

Messages from Pope Francis:
2014 Message for World Day of Peace
Message on Children Fleeing Violence