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Pace e Bene Peace and Nonviolence Pilgrimage to Assisi 

June 23-30, 2019

Pace e Bene Nonviolence Campaign

Led by Rev. John Dear and Ken Butigan, this pilgrimage invites all of us to study the life of St. Francis of Assisi, pray for peace, build community, deepen our commitment to Gospel nonviolence for the peace work ahead, and celebrate Pace e Bene on its thirtieth anniversary.

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Saint Clare

We invite everyone to reflect on St. Clare’s peacemaking life and our own lives, how she gave herself to God, prayer, peacemaking and community, in light of St. Francis, and how we can do that too, how we can learn from St. Clare and her community to be people of prayer, community, peace and nonviolence.

Group Reflections

We enter the spirit of prayer, peace and pilgrimage, and begin a weeklong reflection on the peacemaking lives of Jesus, St. Francis and St. Clare, on the meaning and practice of nonviolence, on our own lives as peacemakers, and how we can deepen our nonviolence and become better peacemakers.

Saint Francis

We invite you to reflect on how St. Francis responded to the call to follow Jesus, rebuild the church and make peace; and how you have responded to the call to follow Jesus, practice nonviolence and be a peacemaker, as well as what more you can do to respond to the call of Jesus for the rest of your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, June 24: St. Francis’ Peacemaking Life as a Model for Our Own Lives: Reflecting on our Lives as Peacemakers in Light of St. Francis’ Peacemaking Life

Monday we spent time together in the Basilica and visited the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi. We were invited to reflect on St. Francis’ life as a peacemaker (with the themes of prayer; poverty; serving the poor, community; peacemaking, nonviolence, and love of enemies) and our own lives as peacemakers. At Mass, for the Feast of St. John the Baptist, we reflected on Matthew 5:38-48; the call to “offer no violent resistance to one who does evil,” and “love your enemies,” and the Way of Nonviolence.

Reflection Questions for the Day:

– What touches you from the life of St. Francis, his teachings, his example, his peacemaking?
– How do you practice nonviolence and love your enemies? How do you practice nonviolence toward yourself, all others, your enemies, the creatures and Mother Earth, and participate in the grassroots movement of nonviolence?
– What challenges you most from the life of St. Francis and the Gospel of peace and nonviolence?
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Audio File: Part 1 – Ken Butigan
Monday Morning Hotel Giotto

Audio File: Part 2 – Rev. John Dear & Ken Butigan
Monday Evening Hotel Giotto

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 25. Becoming Peacemakers: How St. Francis responded to the call, how we are responding to the call to be Peacemakers.

Tuesday, we visit San Damiano. We were invited to reflect on how St. Francis, of Assisi, responded to the call to follow Jesus, rebuild the church and make peace; and how we have responded to the call to follow Jesus, practice nonviolence and be peacemaker, as well as what more we can do to respond to the call of Jesus for the rest of our lives. At Mass we read the Gospel text that moved St. Francis Luke 9:22-27, “If anyone wishes to come after me, they must take up the cross and follow me.” How do we take up the cross and walk the way of nonviolence, as Francis did, today?

Reflection Questions for the Day:

– What touches you most in the story of St. Francis’ call from Jesus on the cross and his response?
– When did you hear Jesus call you, and how have you responded throughout your life?
– How is Jesus calling you today to be a peacemaker, and how are you going to respond for the rest of
your life to follow the nonviolent Jesus, practice nonviolence and make peace?

Audio File: Part 3 – Rev. John Dear & Ken Butigan 
Tuesday Morning Hotel Giotto

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 26: Practicing Contemplative, Active and Prophetic Nonviolence Like St. Clare

Today, we were invited to reflect on St. Clare’s peacemaking life and our own lives, how she gave herself to God, prayer, peacemaking and community, in light of St. Francis, and how we can do that too, how we can learn from St. Clare and her community to be people of prayer, community, peace and nonviolence. Also, we reflected on the cross which spoke to St. Francis, which is on display at St. Clare’s Basilica. At Mass, we heard from the Gospel of Luke, 1:26-56; on the call of Mary in the Annunciation as Contemplative nonviolence; in the Visitation as Active Nonviolence; and the Magnificat as Prophetic nonviolence; and reflected on how Clare did this too, and how we can do this.

Reflection Questions for the Day:

– Like Mary and Clare, how do we practice contemplative nonviolence?
– What is our Magnificat of peace and nonviolence?
– How does the cross of Jesus speak to us today? How do we respond?

Thursday, June 27. Free Day in Assisi, Italy

Thursday was a free day!  We all enjoyed exploring the area on our own and then came together for dinner.  After dinner we had music by blues guitarist,  Kelly Richey.

Friday, June 28. Living the Gospel Mission to Go Forth and Make Peace: How Jesus and Francis Sent Everyone to be Peacemakers; and how we are fulfilling our mission as peacemakers

As we reached the climax of the Pilgrimage, we visited the Porziuncola and Santa Maria degli Angeli. We were invited to reflect on the Gospel mission to go forth and make peace (Luke 10). Saint Francis of Assisi lived that mission and sent his followers out as peacemakers. He traveled a peacemaking journey from the Porziuncola to visit the Sultan in Egypt. After receiving the stigmata, he lived the message until his death. How can we spend the rest of our lives as peacemakers, saints and proclaimers of Gospel nonviolence.
How can we live so that our lives bear good fruit for humanity and creation?
 
At Mass, we heard from the Gospel of Luke. Jesus sent the 72 disciples out as “lambs into the midst of wolves.” As people of nonviolence, we are called to heal others and proclaim God’s reign of nonviolence within a culture of violence. The 72 returned rejoicing because they had lived the mission. Jesus rejoiced. Francis did the same. How are we to go forth to heal others and proclaim Gospel nonviolence?

Reflection Questions for the Day:

– What touches me and inspires me most about the Porziuncola, Santa Maria, the mission, stigmata and death of St. Francis?
– How have I lived the Gospel mission to go forth and make peace, like the 72 disciples in Luke 10, St. Francis, and how can I fulfill that mission of peace during the rest of my life?
– As we reflect on the life and death of St. Francis, how can we prepare for the rest of our lives and our own deaths, that they may be peaceful and nonviolent, and bear the good fruit of peace?

Audio File: Part 13 – Ken Butigan 
Friday Teaching

Audio File: Part 15 – Sr. Joanne Doi,
Rev. John Dear, Ken Butigan
 

Audio File: Part 14 – Rev. John Dear 
Friday Mass at the Porziuncola

Audio File: Part 16 – Rev. John Dear & Ken Butigan 
Friday Evening Hotel Giotto

 

 

 

 

Saturday, June 29: Continuing the St. Francis Pilgrimage of Peace and Nonviolence for the Rest of our Lives

On our last day together, we were invited to reflect on our next steps, how we will go forth from Assisi renewed as a peacemaker, by the life of St. Francis, to continue our peacemaking pilgrimage, to be a public peacemaker and apostle of nonviolence like St. Francis. We were asked to consider writing some goals, reflecting on how we could get more involved with Pace e Bene and Campaign Nonviolence; and what concrete steps we could take for peace and nonviolence.

At Mass we read from the Gospel of John 20:19-23; how the risen Jesus gives us his gift of peace, breathes his Holy Spirit of peace on us and sends everyone forth as his apostles of nonviolence, peacemakers.

Reflection Questions for the Day:

– As we reflect on our time together in Assisi, what has inspired and touched us most about the lives of Francis and Clare? What lessons do we take home with us?
– Where is God in our lives, where do we meet the risen Jesus, how does he give us his resurrection gift of peace and send us forth, like Francis and Clare, as apostles of peace and nonviolence?
– Given the terrible violence of the world, in what concrete ways can we help teach and promote Gospel nonviolence? How can you get more involved with and help Pace e Bene and Campaign Nonviolence?

Audio File: Part 17 –  Ken Butigan & Rev. John Dear
Saturday Morning Hotel Giotto

Audio File: Part 19 –  Rev. John Dear & Ken Butigan
Saturday Evening Hotel Giotto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trainings + Speakers — Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service

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