downloadable PDF: Women of Faith Resources September 2019
by Margaret Felice in A Book of Grace-filled Days
“Light allows us to see. We can see beauty and goodness with gratitude and know that they are of God.” (p. 276)
“May my words today express the love of God that lives in my heart.” (p. 280)
“Let the love of God infect you, changing your entire body and soul.” (p. 299)
Featured Day: September 21 – International Day of Peace
International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations in 1981. It is celebrated globally calling the world to commit to creating a culture of Peace that reigns above all differences.
2019 Peace Day Theme: This year’s theme, Climate Action for Peace, highlights the importance of combating climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world. Climate change is threatening international peace and security. Natural disasters force millions of peoples to abandon their homes to seek safety. Tension over resources and mass movements of people are affecting countries on every continent.
On September 23, 2019, the United Nations is convening a Climate Action Summit to accelerate implementation of the Paris Agreement. The Summit will bring together governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organizations to develop solutions in six areas: a global transition to renewable energy; sustainable and resilient infrastructures and cities; sustainable agriculture and management of forests and oceans; resilience and adaptation to climate impacts; and alignment of public and private finance with a net zero economy.
For Additional information on International Day of Peace and the Summit:
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. See:
Peace Prompts: John Dear has written extensively about nonviolence and peacemaking. The following passages by John Dear call and encourage us to be peacemakers.
Lectio Divina: Scripture and prayer for meditating
Read the following selections a first time. What word or words call out to you? Read the selection a second time. Ask the words or words calling to you: “What is it you want to say to me today?”
Quotes Calling us to Peace:
“The time has come for religious leaders to cooperate more effectively in the work of healing wounds, resolving conflicts and pursuing peace. We must be peacemakers, and our communities must be schools of respect and dialogue with those of other ethnic or religious groups, places where we learn to overcome tensions, foster just and peaceful relations between peoples and social groups, and build a better future.” – Pope Francis
“When somebody is doing actions you don’t like, the spiritual solution is to do what you can to stop them, but you do it in such a way that you do not reject the person. You reject the action, but not the person” – Ram Dass
For Spiritual Reading and Spiritual Listening
Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together: Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb, signed a Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, during a Global Conference on the topic in Abu Dhabi.
No Place Like Home: A Podcast That Gets to the Heart of Climate Change Through Personal Stories. Hosted by Mary Anne Hitt & Anna Jane Joyner & Produced by Zach Mack.
Audio Divina: Music accompanied by images
Imagine by John Lennon, (1971) “Imagine all the people living life in peace”
Lennon contributed this song to the peace movement he dearly lived by. He asks us: “What would it be like to live in a world filled with and joined by peace?” This song is treasured by all whose desires, values, and understandings draw them to imagine and yearn for a simpler world where all can live in peace.
2019 World Day of Peace Reflection, Music and Reflections published by the catholichealthassoc on Dec 28, 2018.
International Day of Peace – For Peace Day, September 21st, open your heart, offer your compassion, give appreciation.
Playlist for a mix of songs of Peace: Enjoy the diversity in this mix of songs of Peace.
Visio Divina: Art for Prayer and Meditation
“Visual images are another doorway to sacred awareness. They can touch into our desire to grow in intimacy with God. So, we encourage one another to let ourselves be touched by the colors, shapes, figures and symbols that capture our attention most as we are praying. While gazing at an image ~ a painting, a photo, an icon, a sculpture, a piece of pottery … something may leap out at us, calling our attention to something of God just waiting to reveal itself to us.”
(Ideas inspired by Christine Valters Paintner and Betsey Beckman in their book, Awakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction. See also Abbey of the Arts.)
As you reflect on this image, how do you feel inside of yourself as you pray with it? What qualities of peace arise or spring forth from your heart and soul?
There is more than a butterfly meeting the eye. What do your eyes see? What does your heart pray?
The theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is “Climate Action for Peace.” What does the event in the photo say to you? How does the photo or the action of the people in the photo speak to your hope for Climate Action in your country, in your state, in your city or town, in your home, and for the future of children? Pray for present and future leaders to take climate change seriously.
Plan to celebrate the 2019 International Day of Peace
In every time zone, at noon on September 21, 2019, a moment of silence will be held, sending a Peace Wave around the world. Media call it “A silence heard around the world”.
Information on celebrations:
United Nations Headquarters: 20 September 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., the Secretary-General will celebrate the Day in the Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters by ringing the Peace Bell and observing a minute of silence. United Nations Messengers of Peace will participate in the ceremony.
The ceremony will be followed by a Student Observance at 9:30 a.m. organized by the Education Outreach Section of the Department of Global Communications. Approximately 700 high school and college students will have an opportunity to interact with UN Messengers of Peace, along with youth participating via video conference from the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Selected students will be able to share the peace projects they have been involved in over the last year. The events will be live streamed at webtv.un.org.
Boston, MA : For the schedule and highlights of the Boston celebration, go to idpboston.
Facebook: Go to Facebook and type in International Day of Peace. There, you will find much information and inspiration on celebrating the day with others.
Internet Site: Earth Guardians trains youth to be effective leaders in the environmental, climate, and social justice movements across the globe through art, music, storytelling, projects, civic engagement and legal action.
Book Title: We Rise – The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet, September 5, 2017 by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (Author), Justin Spizman (Author), at Rodale Books, a division of Penguin Random House.
“We Rise will give you the inspiration and information you need to do your part in making the world a better place and leave you asking, What kind of legacy do I want to leave?” (Amazon Book Review)
From the Leadership Team of Gatherings for Women of Faith
May this International Day of Peace call us to pray for PEACE with all peoples, all nations, and all religions everywhere!