Throughout this 50th anniversary year, we’re making some of Pax Christi USA’s classic publications that we still have in stock available for a limited time. Last month’s items will be disappearing from our inventory on April 3rd (see more below!) but we’re making available a book on nonviolence by Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB; Jim Forest’s short booklet on Thomas Merton and peacemaking; and the Pax Christi Icon prayer card for the month of April.

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Pax Christi USA Classic Publications Available for April:

  • Love Beyond Measure: A Sprituality of Nonviolence, by Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB – ONLY 40 COPIES AVAILABLE! A full and powerful expression of insights on the spirituality of nonviolence, this profound book begins with the groundbreaking essay, “Doorway To Peace.” Sr. Mary Lou offers five sessions to help readers reflectively and prayerfully digest the essay’s insights and challenges. Each session begins with a prayer service, suggests related readings, and includes questions based on Scripture read in the prayer service. The book is equally suited to the individual reader or to a group process. Click here to order.
  • Thomas Merton’s Struggle with Peacemaking, by James H. Forest – Written by Merton’s friend Jim Forest (who passed earlier this year) and drawing heavily upon their correspondence, this booklet explores Merton’s beliefs about Christians and war, his life as a monk, and his reactions to world events. Includes the now-famous letter in which Merton counsels Forest, “Do not depend on the hope of results….As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself….In the end, it is the reality of personal relationships that saves everything.” Click here to order.
  • Pax Christi Icon prayer cards – Celebrate Pax Christi International’s 75th Anniversary with this prayer card of “Christ is Our Reconciliation”! This beautiful laminated prayer card features the Pax Christi icon, “Christ is our Reconciliation,” which was made for Pax Christi International at the Monastery of St. John in the Desert, near Jerusalem. The excellent prayer that accompanies the icon was written by Brother Roger of Taizé. Available only in packs of 100. Click here to order.

And order these classic publications before they disappear from the store on Sunday, April 3!

  • Martin Luther King Jr. and the Dream of a Just Community, by J. Milburn Thompson – This short booklet on Dr. King provides an overview of his work for a just community and the meaning of his life, including the formation of his views and conscience, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Birmingham and Selma campaigns, his time in Chicago, the emergence of Black Power, his stance on the war in Vietnam, and the Poor Peoples’ Campaign. This booklet is a great resource for anyone looking for a short intro to Dr. King’s work and witness for nonviolence. Great for classrooms, young people, and anyone looking for a concise yet meaningful overview of Dr. King. Click here to order!
  • In Pursuit of Peace: Praying the Rosary Through the Psalms, by Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Sr. Joan Chittister, osb – ONLY 50 COPIES AVAILABLE! Sr. Joan offers her contemporary insights into Scripture, both challenging and prophetic, to lead us through the praying of the rosary and into the heart of God. This booklet walks us through our prayer in a more meditative rhythm to counteract the multiple pressures of our busy lives, the anxiety of a world often seemingly on the brink of chaos, and the heaviness that sometimes accompanies the work for peace. This version includes Pope John Paul II’s “Mysteries of Light”. Click here to order.
  • Between Two Souls: Conversations with Ryokan, by Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Sr. Mary Lou Kownacki, osb – NO COPIES LEFT! This hardcover book, honored by Spirituality and Health magazine as one of the fifty most insightful and inspiring books, is a magical exchange of poems between the ninth century Zen monk Ryokan and Benedictine Sr. Mary Lou. Sr. Mary Lou takes the reader to a place where the compassionate spirit and deed become poetry. Spirituality and Health said, “On the wonder-filled pages of this exquisite work, this sister models the kind of mysticism that can unite one person with another despite the barriers of time, place, religion, gender, and culture. Kownacki opens our hearts with her ability to identify with Ryokan and his sensitivities.” Click here to order.

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