Friday, August 6, 2010

The Transfiguration & Hiroshima -- Pray for an end to nuclear arms

Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration -- and the date our world was forever transfigured by the horror of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Thought for the day:

“What can be said, too, about those governments which count on nuclear arms as a means of ensuring the security of their countries? Along with countless persons of good will, one can state that this point of view is not only baneful but also completely fallacious.

In a nuclear war there would be no victors, only victims.

The truth of peace requires that all —whether those governments which openly or secretly possess nuclear arms, or those planning to acquire them— agree to change their course by clear and firm decisions, and strive for a progressive and concerted nuclear disarmament.

The resources which would be saved could then be employed in projects of development capable of benefiting all their people, especially the poor.”

- Pope Benedict XVI, 2009 World Day of Peace Message, no. 13


Monday, July 5, 2010

A Land Richly Blessed . . . Immigrant Justice Prayer

As we reflect on "America the Beautiful" during these early days of July, this prayer from the U.S. Catholic Bishops speaks volumes:

A Prayer For Immigrant Justice

Blessed are You, Lord God,
King of all creation.
Through Your goodness, we live in this land
that You have so richly blessed.

Help us always to recognize our
Blessings come from You
and remind us to share them
with others, especially those who come
to us today from other lands.

Help us to be generous, just, and welcoming,
as You have been and are generous to us.
+  Amen  +
Prayer from the USCCB Justice for Immigrants website

Monday, March 22, 2010

Wed Mar 24th Prayer Service Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Oscar Romero's Assassination

"If You Kill Me,
I Will Rise Again in My People!"

March 24th is the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero. He was a fearless voice for the voiceless in El Salvador and remains today an example for each of us. A prayer service commemorating his life will be held at Most Holy Trinity Parish on Wednesday night.

Icon by
Br. Robert Lentz, OFM

God’s Challenge to the People
The Violence of Love
Recommitting Ourselves to the God of the Exodus
to the Example of MonseƱor Oscar Romero
on the
30th Anniversary of his Assassination
with a special reflection by
Rev. John Fife
of Southside Presbyterian Church

Sponsored by
Pax Christi Tucson

When:   Wednesday March 24, 2010  @  7:00 p.m.
Where:  Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1300 N. Greasewood Road
              NE Corner of West Speedway Blvd & North Greasewood Road

Everyone is Invited!


Monday, March 1, 2010

TODAY: International Day to Abolish the Death Penalty

Monday, March 1 is the International Day to Abolish the Death Penalty. The Coalition of Arizonans to Abolish the Death Penalty (CAADP) will hold banners and placards, at a busy intersection, at Speedway and Euclid in Tucson, from 5pm til 5:45pm, to let commuters know that the death penalty is opposed.

This will be followed, at First Christian Church [on that same corner] by a potluck where advocates can meet informally, and then, at 6:45 pm, a follow-up meeting will be held.

Please let Claudia Ellquist, Executive Director of CAADP know, at 520.622.3339 if you will be able to attend, or to send a representative from your organization.

For more info on CAADP, see:


Friday, February 26, 2010

28th Annual Tucson Peace Fair

28th Annual Tucson Peace Fair & Music Festival!!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

11:00am – 5:00pm

(northeast corner of Country Club & 22nd St.)

Arizona's largest gathering of peace, social justice and environmental groups.
Live Music for the Whole Family! Children's Activities! Food! Awesome Raffle!

Free to Attend!

Presented by the Tucson Peace Center

For general information about the fair, please call 624-4973. Peace and justice organizations wishing to participate can email (mention Peace Fair in the subject line) or call 235-0694.

Friday, January 8, 2010

National Migration Week

"Renewing Hope, Seeking Justice" is the theme of the 2010 National Migration Week currently in progress.

Find information and resources at the USCCB's
National Migration Week website.

Other key sites to visit that are closely related to our regional migrant and border issues are:

Justice for Immigrants

The Kino Border Initiative

The Blessed Nuno Society
(with projects for border orphans in Agua Prieta, Mexico)


Friday, January 1, 2010

World Day of Peace & Feast of Mary, Mother of God

Mary of the Cosmos
by Bernadette Bostwick sgm

January 1, 2010


Excerpts from

Pope Benedict XVI's World Day of Peace message:

Is it not true that what we call “nature” in a cosmic sense
has its origin in “a plan of love and truth”?

The goods of creation belong to humanity as a whole.
Yet the current pace of environmental exploitation is seriously
endangering the supply of certain natural resources not only for the
present generation, but above all for generations yet to come.

A greater sense of intergenerational solidarity is
urgently needed. . . . The ecological crisis shows the
urgency of a solidarity which embraces time and space.

If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.
The quest for peace by people of good will surely would
become easier if all acknowledge the indivisible relationship
between God, human beings and the whole of creation.

May this be clear to world leaders and to those at every level
who are concerned for the future of humanity:
the protection of creation and peacemaking
are profoundly linked!