The New Year, 2014: Pray - Study - Act
In This Issue
PRAY: Reflection for New Year's Day
STUDY: Pope Francis' message for World Day of Peace
ACT: 24 hours for world peace
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New Year's Week, 
Feast of the Holy Family through Epiphany Sunday
Dec. 29, 2013 through January 5, 2014
The new year presents us with an opportune time to take stock of where we have been, where we are going, and what we long to become as people of peace. Many Pax Christi local groups and individual members renew or take for the first time the Vow of Nonviolence (see the "Quick Links" section to the left). We hope that the resources in this Pray-Study-Act e-bulletin will help you as you orient yourself for a new year, for new opportunities for peace-making, for a deeper and more transformative commitment to seek justice. We thank you for your witness to the peace of Christ over the past year, and we are excited to walk with you into the new. 
   If you're looking for any of the reflections or PSAs we used throughout for other ideas for the new year, you can find them on our Advent-Christmas resource page.


In peace,

Johnny Zokovitch
Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA
 PRAY: January 1, New Year's Day, World Day of Peace, Feast of Mary - Mother of God

By Jamie Phelps, OP, Ph.D.


Numbers 6:22-27 | Galatians 4:4-7 | Luke 2:16-21


Mary, Daughter of the Poor "But when the fullness of time had come, God sent the Only Begotten One, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of God's Only Begotten One into our hearts, crying out, 'Abba!'." (Gal 4:4-6)


Continuing the story of the birth of Christ, Luke's Gospel focuses on the shepherd's response to the proclamation of the angels. They seek Jesus. They find a child lying in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes, attended by his mother and "father". The external sparseness and simplicity conceal the deep dimensions of the scene. But the shepherds had stayed awake and heard the proclamation of the angels. This child was no ordinary newborn. The shepherds revealed the concealed by telling the story of the angels' proclamation: "Do not be afraid, for behold I proclaim to you good news of great joy, that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ" (Luke 2:10-11)....


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STUDY: Papal message for
the World Day of Peace

by Pope Francis



1. In this, my first Message for the World Day of Peace, I wish to offer to everyone, individuals and peoples, my best wishes for a life filled with joy and hope. In the heart of every man and woman is the desire for a full life, including that irrepressible longing for fraternity which draws us to fellowship with others and enables us to see them not as enemies or rivals, but as brothers and sisters to be accepted and embraced.

    Fraternity is an essential human quality, for we are relational beings. A lively awareness of our relatedness helps us to look upon and to treat each person as a true sister or brother; without fraternity it is impossible to build a just society and a solid and lasting peace. We should remember that fraternity is generally first learned in the family, thanks above all to the responsible and complementary roles of each of its members, particularly the father and the mother. The family is the wellspring of all fraternity, and as such it is the foundation and the first pathway to peace, since, by its vocation, it is meant to spread its love to the world around it.

 The ever-increasing number of interconnections and communications in today's world makes us powerfully aware of the unity and common destiny of the nations. In the dynamics of history, and in the diversity of ethnic groups, societies and cultures, we see the seeds of a vocation to form a community composed of brothers and sisters who accept and care for one another. But this vocation is still frequently denied and ignored in a world marked by a "globalization of indifference" which makes us slowly inured to the suffering of others and closed in on ourselves...


ACT: 24 hours for world peace

Participate in the 24 Hours for World Peace on-line vigil on January 1, 2014, the World Day of Peace! Imagine...  If on the first day of the new year, people from all over the world celebrate together by exchanging their wish for peace... and each person makes a resolution to create peace in their life, their home or their community... We could help make a peaceful world!

    Pax Christi International is a partner of the 24 Hours for World Peace campaign.


Click here to find out more about what you can do and how to join.