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MAY 2020 NEWSLETTER
Welcome to the Catholics for Peace and Justice Newsletter for May 2020. The Spirit of the living God renews his/her/their activity in our hearts whether or not we can gather in groups.

This month brings together the Feast of Pentecost, the month of Mary, and the holy fast of Ramadan. Each in turn calls us to calm our busyness and turn our whole selves’ attention to God’s whispers!

What are God’s priorities? Toward what does God’s Spirit nudge us? We are experiencing a world and a society in crisis. Our Israelite ancestors in the faith experienced crisis at the time of fleeing from Egypt, and multiple times during the long trek to the Promised land. The disciples of Jesus experienced crisis with his death and then his wondrous resurrection.  They, and we today, can grasp the crisis to re-evaluate:  What kind of people does God want us to become? What transformation does God want at this moment in our blessed human history? 

Let us keep each other and all our earthly family in prayer as we ponder our own individual and communal roles in moving toward God’s Kin-dom.

Mary Krolikowski

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL

EVENTS | EDUCATION 

 

Recurring Events
 
 


PRAY | REFLECT

Pray:  Like Abraham

Reflect: Between Two Worlds
GENERAL
 
Pope Francis Quote
The Lord, who is the first to care for us, teaches us to care for our brothers and sisters and the environment which he daily gives us. This is the first ecology that that we need.

Pope Francis
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EVENTS AND EDUCATION 


Recurring Events: 

Siena Retreat Center
Siena Retreat Center intends to continue to be a place of calm, peace and wellness during this uncertain time. In the hopes of curtailing the virus, we are temporarily suspending all operations until at least Monday, May 10th.

To check for updates, and for a complete description of programs and retreats, visit  www.SienaRetreatCenter.org or call 262-898-2590.  Partial scholarships are available for all programs!
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Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups. -  Canceled until Safer at Home orders end
Learn more
  • Milwaukee Friends Meeting House, Milwaukee, Every Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 pm.  More information here
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, New Berlin, (1st and 3rd Monday of every month), 7:00-8:30 pm from September 16, 2019 - May 18, 2020. Note:  We will meet on Monday, March 30 instead of April 6.  No meeting on April 6.  More information here
  • United Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Waukesha, Tuesday Morning group (1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month), 10:30 am -12:30 pm from September 17, 2019 - May 19, 2020. More information here
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Weekly Prayer for Reconciling and Healing Racism in Our City - Canceled until Safer at Home orders end
Join us in person at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Fridays at 12:15 p.m. for this 30 minute communal contemplative prayer with the intention of reconciling and healing racism in our city. Feel free to pray privately wherever you are in solidarity with those gathered at the Cathedral if you are not able to join in person. Brought to you by:Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Three Holy Women, Our Lady of Divine Providence, Old St. Mary's, Saints Peter and Paul Human Concerns/Social Justice Commissions, Urban Ministry of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. For more information, please contact: Anne Haines hainesa@archmil.org.
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Peace Action Wisconsin - Canceled until Safer at Home orders end
  • End the Wars Coalition meetings3rd Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. Peace Action Center, 1001 E Keefe Ave, Milwaukee 414-269-9525, info@peaceactionwi.org
  • Stand for Peace: Every Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Learn more here. Updates on FacebookStand for Peace is Canceled! We ask that you post a picture of yourself with a peace sign or peace flag on the Peace Action of WI face book page on Saturdays at noon until the corona virus emergency is over.
 
 
 
 
PRAY

Like Abraham

Like Abraham, you call me.
You call me to an unknown land and people and ask that I trust you.
So I venture out with your promises ringing in my ears and heart.
I venture out to find you, the living God of All.
I am frightened by the call.
I am frightened by the journey.
I am frightened by the dark valley and crevices I see.
But, in confidence, I move ahead following voice so crystal clear within me.
 
To whom shall I go?
Where does the path lead?
I see your face in all the marvels of creation.
Your handprint on the earth, your breath in the wind shout your praise.
My name, too, you have written on your palm.
Your hand grasps mine tightly as a parent holds onto the child.
 
Like Abraham, you call me.
Like Abraham, may I trust you without fear.
Amen.
 
Jo Therese Fahres, Prayers No Experience Necessary



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REFLECT
Between Two Worlds       

It would be difficult to exist in this time of global crisis and not feel caught between at least two worlds—the one we knew and the one to come. Our consciousness and that of future generations has been changed. We cannot put the genie back in the bottle.

It is a graced time, but often does not feel “graced” in any way. . .we are not certain or in control.  .  . . It invites us to discover and live from broader perspectives and with much deeper seeing. . . We need to be silent instead of speaking, experience emptiness instead of fullness, anonymity instead of persona, and pennilessness instead of plenty. . . It takes time but this experience can help us reenter the world with freedom and new, creative approaches to life.  

Richard Rohr, April 26, 2020
 
 
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