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 CHRISM MASS 2019

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'God in a World of Violence'

At right, Sister Esther Piñeda, CSJ, presents the program, "God in a World of Violence" through the Interactive Television Network."

On Oct. 6, 2006, a gunman entered a classroom in an Amish community in Pennsylvania and gunned down five school girls, all under age 15, and injured five others, before killing himself.
    The response of the Amish community provided an example that touched the world, explained Sister Esther Piñeda, CSJ, who presented, “God in a World of Violence” Sept. 9, 12 and 13 to Diocese of Dodge City Catechist Formation classes.

    “Members of the [Amish] community went to visit the parents of the murderer [Charles Roberts IV], to let them know that they had forgiven him, and they also wanted to comfort the parents and the widow,” Sister Esther said.  “One Amish man is reported to have held Roberts’s sobbing father in his arms trying to comfort him. About 30 members of the Amish community attended Roberts’s funeral, and Marie Roberts, the widow of the killer, was one of the few outsiders invited to the funeral of the victims.”
    In a letter to her Amish neighbors thanking them for their forgiveness, grace and mercy, Marie Roberts wrote: “Your love for our family has helped to provide the healing we so desperately needed. Gifts you have given us touched our hearts in a way no words can describe. Your compassion has reached our family beyond our community and is changing the world. And for this we sincerely thank you.”
    “We can’t separate conflict from our lives,” Sister Esther said. “It’s part of being human. What needs to change is how we deal with this conflict. …It is in our nature as human beings to relate to others with compassion in a loving manner.
    “What happens to cause us to disconnect from that compassionate nature, leading us to behave in violent ways?” she asked those gathered across the diocese for the session, which was taught through the Interactive Television Network. “What causes violence?”
    Sister Esther, of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Concordia, serves as coordinator of her community’s justice and peace center in Salina. She explained that “any adequate definition of violence must include physical, verbal, psychological and other displays of hostility and hatred. It includes verbal attacks which demean and humiliate others, as well as acts that evoke fear and hostility, whether globally, or in our own little corner of the world.”
    But she also stressed that the definition of violence also includes omissions – doing nothing.
     “It reminds me of our penitential rite during Mass: ‘I confess to almighty God, and to you my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do.’
    “Violence is that which harms another, directly or indirectly,” she said.
    “I like to imagine that Jesus dreamed of world where people would be gentle and merciful and tender with one another,” Sister Esther added, “a world where people would dry one another’s tears and heal one another’s wounds. And in the process create a community of peace and forgiving love. Jesus extends healing to the rejected and the untouchable of that world. In so doing, he demonstrates that no one should be outside the circles of well being.”
    Sister Esther said it’s not enough to avoid violent behavior, but one must act non-violently, which she said should not be perceived as passivity or indifference.
    On the contrary, behaving non-violently means “taking an active opposition to acts and attitudes that demean and distrust another.” She said that acting non-violently means being actively supportive “of expressions that foster human life to its fullest.
    “Nonviolence is looking for truth and justice amid hatred and destruction.
    “What are we talking about here?” she asked. “We’re talking about a lifestyle built on commitment, compassion, humility, non-retaliation, forgiveness, truth seeking, reconciliation, and love of others, including one’s enemies. We see here the principals of a community totally given to the God of life.”
    Sister Esther said that non-violence is the “most natural response” from Jesus and anyone deeply committed to the “inclusive love of God and love of neighbor. By the way he responded to the violence around him -- to the violence done to him -- he was able to challenge the practices of his day.     
    “Jesus is condemned, punched, spat upon, blindfolded, hit in the face, and mocked -- all without striking back. Even in agony, he did not resort to the same violence used against him. He is betrayed, denied by friends, scourged, stripped, and nailed to the cross. And yet he responds with pure non-violence.”
    Sister Esther also spoke of the language of violence, the words people use that can cause harm. She encouraged everyone in attendance to commit to one of “46 ways of non-violence” each day, such as showing gratitude, patience and kindness, forgiving, serving others, and being aware of violent language, including jokes or remarks that show disrespect toward ethnic groups, women or men, classes of people, religious groups, gays or lesbians. “Be considerate of every person’s dignity, and choose not to participate in disrespectful conversation.”





 

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Oct. 28, 2018

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Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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