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Pray-Study-Act: Mother's Day 2014 
In This Issue
PRAY: The Original Mother's Day Proclamation
STUDY: Will we open ourselves to the promptings of the Spirit?
ACT: Help to mainstream nonviolence

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May 6, 2014



The original purpose of Mother's Day was a protest against war, organized by mothers tired of seeing their husbands 
and sons die because of the violence of war.

In a Pray-Study-Act e-bulletin prepared a few years ago for Mother's Day, Pax Christi USA National Organizer Phyllis Jepson wrote: "Having become so distraught by the death and carnage of the Civil War, Julia Ward Howe called on mothers to come together and protest what she saw as the futility of their sons killing the sons of other mothers. She believed that women have the power to promote life over death, peace over war and love over hate, so it is in this spirit that we ask Pax Christi members and friends to respond to the violence that confronts us day in and day out. Let us arise and honor all of humanity by praying and working for an end to war."

   My own commitment to the work of peace and justice has been shaped by various "mothers" throughout my life: be it the first lessons taught to me as a child by my mom about sharing and compassion or the dozens of other "mothers," women like Phyllis, who took me under their wings and taught me by their instruction and witness what it means to work for a world without war.

   May this coming weekend be a time of celebration and peace for all of the mothers of our world. To all of the moms in our Pax Christi USA family, Happy Mother's Day! 


In peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

PRAY: The Original Mother's Day Proclamation

By Julia Ward Howe


Arise then...women of this day!

Arise, all women who have hearts!

Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:

"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,

Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,

For caresses and applause.

Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn

All that we have been able to teach them

of charity, mercy and patience.

We, the women of one country,

Will be too tender of those of another country

To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."...


Click here to read the entire proclamation.

STUDY: Will we open ourselves to the promptings of the Spirit?

by Shelley Douglass, Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace


As the weeks after Easter pass I find myself intrigued by the question of conversion. In the Easter week readings we were confronted with disciples' fear and their betrayal of Jesus. Judas sold him out to the authorities; Peter denied him; the men deserted him during the crucifixion; when it was all over, the community gathered in fear and trembling behind locked doors. Hardly the stuff of legend!

   Yet now, as we read the Easter Season scriptures, we find the disciples preaching in defiance of the authorities, travelling miles to tell the good news, and breaking boundaries fearlessly as they carry out their mission. Stephen is stoned, some of them are beaten, all of them live under threat -- and they persevere. What happened?....


Click here to read this entire article.

ACT:  Help to mainstream nonviolence

Earlier this year, Pax Christi USA endorsed the effort, Campaign Nonviolence, which is being circulated through Pace e Bene. Sr. Patty Chappell, SNDdeN, Pax Christi USA's Executive Director, wrote: "This campaign is certainly in keeping with PCUSA's spirituality of nonviolence and peacemaking along with our other initiatives. The more our organizations can assist in connecting the dots between poverty, militarism, racism and the environment, the better off our world will be."