The Fall-Winter edition of The Peace Current, our membership newsletter, will be arriving in members’ mailboxes the week of November 15. For a sneak peek of this edition, you can see the electronic version of the newsletter on the web now. Below is Sr. Patty Chappell’s opening letter followed by a link to the e-version of the newsletter.
Dear Companions on the Journey,
Pope Francis in his recent trip to the United States spoke eloquently and forcefully for the human rights and dignity of all peoples. In his encyclical letter, “On Care for Our Common Home,” he addresses the human root causes of the ecological crisis as well as explaining how both Scripture and authentic spirituality are the reasons we should work tirelessly for the whole of creation.
The common thread that runs through the lack of basic human rights, both at home and around the world, along with our failure to believe that we should be concerned about our planet, is indifference.
Our indifference to poverty, systemic evils based on greed, hate and racism is what is keeping us from really seeing one another and speaking out forcefully when hatred and violence trump the dignity and goodness found in all people.
Our indifference to the suffering of those most affected by climate change and who have so few resources to speak up, or to be taken seriously when they do, is what is tearing at the fabric of our fragile common home.
This issue of The Peace Current addresses both these concerns and invites Pax Christi members to continue working intentionally and non-violently to replacing indifference with commitment.
Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN
Executive Director, Pax Christi USA