In reflecting on the first day of this new year, Mary Jo Iozzio wrote in this year's Advent reflection booklet:
"January 1: World Day of Peace; Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God; and Christmas octave. Pope Paul VI called for this yearly observance for peace 'as a hope and as a promise . . . that peace with its just and beneficent equilibrium may dominate the development of events to come.' Neither the solemnity nor the octave are overridden; rather, the observance commemorates the role that Mary's child, Jesus, fills as the Prince of Peace and her role in salvation history as Theotokos (God-bearer) and, thereby, as Queen of Peace: 'Indeed, these holy and loving religious remembrances must shed their light of goodness, wisdom, and hope upon the prayer for, the meditation upon, and the fostering of the great and yearned-for gift of Peace, of which the world has so much need...' (January 1968)"
As this new year begins, we invite you to take a look back over the past year, especially the past month, to see if there are resources which can help to form your witness and the witness of your small group in the coming year. You'll see quite a few resources created especially for local groups on our Local Group Resources page as well past statements, newsletters, entries in our Peaceweavings series, and more elsewhere on the website.
Below you'll find links to a number of items which we posted or sent out over the past month and which we think are still relevant and of interest. We hope you'll find them useful in your work for peace and justice in your own communities. As always, we are grateful for your ongoing witness to the peace of Christ!
Click here to see any of the reflections, Pray-Study-Act e-bulletins, and other resources from throughout the Advent & Christmas season, all the way through Epiphany Sunday.
Recent Prayer-Study-Action e-Bulletins (PSA)
From the Bread for the Journey blog
Recent News Items, Calendar Items and Other Items of Interest