DIES IRAE 9/ 11
Adapted from Dies Irae
By: Joseph A. Volker, Ph.D.
September 11, 2005
Dies Irae, dies illa
of wrath, oh day of mourning
See fulfilled the prophets warning,
Heaven and earth in ashes burning
is struck and nature quaking
Nothing of the towers remaining.
Doomed to flames of woe unbounded.
Dies Irae, dies illa,
of infamy extolling,
sucidal planes exploding.
Shadow staining, flesh enflaming
day of tears and sorrow.
What shall I frail man be pleading,
Worthless are my prayers and sighing.
Oh what fear men’s hearts encountered
When from skies the planes descended.
Suicidal, lethal, deeds of hate,
Enfolding all in flames unended.
Fraught filled witness, Satan’s madness
Transfixed in time, life’s breath suspended.
Hopeful saints with hands upraised
in vain the glimpse of saviors,
Priests, magicians, lords, technicians.
Horrid bound the falling towers
the anguished cries of woe,
Cries of death each floor bestows.
Faint and weary, refuge, solace
Rescued from the fires raging
the bridges, streets and alleys.
Home entreating, safe secure
Nothing less than care filled love
at each family’s door.
Grim the reaper still he’s knocking,
Nations’ lust for power and
Future tense with resolution
Casts the spell of vengeance’ kneading.
and Abel, madness reigning.
Iron hull of hate’s dark seething.
Who will save us from such madness?
Save us from secure solutions,
Preemptive war, a leader’s folly
Collat’ral damage, shock and awe.
Strife and conflict notwithstanding,
Such a peace, bleeds all the more.
David and the Sybil 'joining,
Not in armaments alluring
in gleaning wealth and power.
Still Death reigns,
a nation's sorrow,
Endless burning, insensate fire!
Trust and truth are yet betrayed
Stave the arsenal of madness
Conjure sanity and wisdom
forsake, a nation’s pleading,
Racked in pain, unendless grieving.
Grant us Lord, your consolation,
us, Lord from conflagration.
Spare us terror, end all war
Oh, good Jesus, peace restore!
Lay down your arms, embrace your child,
Forgive, repent but don’t forget.
TO BE A PEACE MAKER ~DAVE ROBINSON PAX CHRISTI USA
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California Democratic Party Endorses
U.S. Dept. of Peacebuilding!
Some exciting news out of California. Thanks to our CA Peace Alliance organizers, and other key supporters,
the CA Democratic party recently endorsed legislation to establish a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding and
a peacebuilding platform.
This is a meaningful development. CA Democratic party (CDP) only endorses
a handful of bills each session -- and it's some of the most comprehensive peacebuilding support in any party platform in
the nation. In fact, neither party has done a good job of including peacebuilding language in their platforms, and with CA
being the largest state in the union, this could help set a trend.
Lily Marie, Nancy Merritt, Jeriln Stapleton @ TPA booth.
provisions to both the CDP Platform of 2012 and DoP 2013 include:
- Provide for public education
programs that promote tolerance and respect for diversity
school and community cultures where students and staff are free from bullying and harassment
by implementing curricula in nonviolent conflict resolution education
for teachers, students, parents, school community and community at large
- Assist in re-entry
for incarcerated individuals by including training in anger management, peacebuilding
skills, life skills, education and job skills
- Assist in creating
strong & healthy families, including supporting mental
health service, domestic violence prevention, gang prevention, anti-bulling programs, substance abuse prevention, and parenting
- Provide restorative justice
programs in the criminal justice system to bring together offenders, victims, and community members
to repair harm through accountability and rehabilitation.
Big props to our CA team, and all those who helped!
Their vigilance and hard work paid off.
"CDP officials told us to make them support peacebuilding -- and that’s
just what we did. We took peacebuilding to the Party. Hard work, strategy, education, networking, coalition building and some
luck resulted in the CDP’s dual peacebuilding endorsements. This involved not only blood, toil, sweat and tears, but
also perseverance, learning, listening, connecting, alignment of the stars and real joy...” said Nancy Merritt,
Peace Alliance State Coordinator.
Read the Full Report
You can read Nancy's full report, with many inspiring details and quotes.
You can also watch a video of the proceedings and check out all the photos on Facebook.
Waiting for Legislation Committee testimony to begin - Nancy Merritt, Saundra Andrews,
Darren Parker, Jerilyn Stapleton.
CA DEM RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF PEACEBUILDING
violence in America cuts across age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, ethnicity, religion, and nationality,
and negatively impacts the quality of life, erodes social values and standards of morality, deteriorates national morale,
and creates a culture that systematically reproduces violence by the use of force and violence as means of defense and security
domestically and internationally, and
Whereas, funding of domestic and international wars on crime, immigration, terrorism,
and so on drains the U.S. and global economy and a recent report from the Institute for Economics and Peace estimates that
in the U.S. violence containment costs around 15% of Gross Domestic Product each year and is the largest discrete industry
in this country, costing around $2.16 trillion dollars annually, and
Whereas, the epidemic of violence in America must
be contained through the implementation of nonviolent strategies to remedy the effects of gang violence, domestic abuse, sexual
violence, and gun violence domestically; as well as to alleviate growing international tensions and help resolve civil wars
and international conflicts the United States has pledged to support.
Therefore Be It Resolved, the California Democratic
Party encourages state and national legislatures to support research by government agencies and NGOs to identify and address
the root causes of violence in our society, and supports the implementation of education and training programs in nonviolent
conflict resolution in public agencies and in public schools.
Be it Further Resolved, the California
Democratic Party will support policy initiatives that will advance peacebuilding domestically and internationally on the local,
state, and national level.
“For me this has been a five year journey starting when I was a proxy delegate to the 2008
Convention and took HR 808 to the Women’s Caucus. So, I’m extremely grateful for the CA Democratic Endorsement
Team,” said Jerilyn Stapleton, CA TPA, Southern CA State Coordinator.
This accomplishment is a result
of participation of this Team. “I’m amazed how a small group of thoughtful and well-organized people have
changed the CDP world,” said Brian Gibbs, CA TPA, San Diego volunteer.
“This is the most
important bill under consideration by the committee … the purpose of a committee endorsement is to announce to the
CA Democratic delegation that this is of utmost importance to the CDP,” said committee member David Sonneborne
Committee member Susie Shannon (Los Angeles), said, “Forty-three city and other governmental
counsels have endorsed this. Numerous organizations have endorsed, including Amnesty International, the Global AIDS Alliance,
the National Organization for Women, a chapter of NAACP. This is really important particularly given where we are in the history
of this country. We must start addressing these issues — domestic violence, bullying, how many children have to die
in schools, how many children need to die like Trayvon Martin given the ‘stand your ground’ laws?”
Other committee member comments include:
- At the subcommittee stage, “I was opposed. I have
been on the fence about this – not about the bill itself, the bill is a great bill, but on whether this reaches the
level of our top twenty-five bills … I have to say the testimony, especially from Barbara Lee’s office, was very
persuasive … I will vote for it.” (Richard Matthews, Porter Ranch)
- “We have got to turn
this [trend of violence] around …” (Carole Lutness, Valencia)
- There have been funding cuts for organizations
that deal with domestic violence issues – HR808 would address these issues. (Bobbie Jean Anderson, Los Angeles)
talks about 85% [of the funding] being for domestic violence prevention, but I also want to talk about what’s happening
with the 15% in international violence and how this country is perceived in one war after another. We need to make statement
that we need Department of Peacebuilding now.” (Harpreet Sandhu, Richmond)
- “This bill was written
before Trayvon Martin [was killed] and before some of other massacres we’ve seen in last few months. These massacres
just remind us that the time is now for us to take a position on this … I know the legislative analyst has said this
bill has a 1% chance of passing in this Congress – is that a reason for us to take no position? I don’t think
so.” (Igor Tregub, Berkeley)
Read all the details in the full report...
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----- Original Message
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 4:31 PM
Subject: "Just Peacemaking"
is Bishop Gumbleton-recommended!
"The words of Pope Paul VI, 'If you want peace work for justice', are known to all of us. 'Just Peacemaking Initiative: The Challenge and Promise of Nonviolence for Our Time' gives us the way to carry out the exhortation of Pope Paul VI. I hope that every Pax Christi
group in the country makes use of this valuable tool."
~ Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
Founding Bishop-President of Pax Christi USA
in March, we announced this exciting new collaboration with JustFaith Ministries designed specifically for small groups. If you order it during the month of June for your Pax Christi group, you can get a $50
discount on the module.
JUST PEACEMAKING INITIATIVE
The Challenge and Promise
of Nonviolence for Our Time
This new collaboration is a 12-session
module for small groups, crafted by Pax Christi USA National Council member and author Scott Wright, with input and contributions
from Marie Dennis, Pax Christi International Co-President; theologian and former PCUSA National Council member, Jeanette Rodriguez;
Donna Grimes, Poverty Education and Outreach Manager at the USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development
and former PCUSA National Council member; Tom Cordaro, author and founding member of the Pax Christi USA Anti-Racism Team;
"I cannot think of a more poignant time than now for people of faith
to delve into and hopefully take up the gospel imperative of peacemaking. I am confident that those who participate
in this module--a prophetic and eloquent collaboration between JustFaith Ministries and Pax Christi USA and led by Pax Christi
USA National Council member Scott Wright--will have their hearts and minds opened to and transformed by what they find here."
~From the foreword by Sr. Patricia
Director of Pax Christi USA
12-session program explores the challenges and promises of justice-based peacemaking, and includes:
- Four "film nights"
- A strong spirit
of group dialog and interaction
- Immersion activities
- A call
to organize a just peacemaking initiative locally
This module is broadly ecumenical and
asks each and every participant to reflect deeply and to act locally, or, in the words of Mahatma Gandhi: "You must
be the change you want to see in the world."
For more information and to order the module for your group through the JustFaith Ministries website, click here.
As you start planning for your group
for next year, we hope that you will take advantage of this extraordinary resource and promote it to your parishes, schools,
In Christ's peace,
of Communications, Pax Christi USA
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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:30 PM
Subject: Who ranks most peaceful
nation in the world?
the 2012 Global Peace Index & Inaugural Positive Peace Index
This year the US ranked
88th in the GPI, but ranks 16th in PPI; Iceland Ranks #1 GPI
recently, the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) released the annual 2012 Global Peace Index (GPI), and also the inaugural report on the Positive Peace Index
(PPI), which aims to incite optimism in the analysis of global peace measurements.
While the GPI measures the
“absence of violence and absence of the fear of violence” using socio-economic and statistical indicators of interior and exterior conflict as well as the degree of
social security and militarization, the PPI helps broaden our understanding of international peace by monitoring “formal
and informal institutions that move a society away from violence and towards peace,” such as the quality of business
environment, the corruption level of the government, the availability of education, and the flow of information and resources.
Together, these reports give a comprehensive view of how 158 nations compare and interact dynamically to create
a quilted fabric of peace advancement. Read the full report and explore the Interactive GPI Global Map
Key Findings of GPI:
Overall, the world has become more peaceful for the first time in three years. One-hundred-and-one improved their
GPI scores this year, while all regions of the world have become more peaceful with the exception of the Middle East and North
- If 25% of the global violence level went down, it would add an additional $2.25 trillion to the
global economy. Despite popular notions of the positive impact of war industries on economy, studies show that violence
is a significant drain on global fiscal resources.
- This year the US scored 88 out of 158 in the GPI,
missing the median mark by 9 points. For a nation of high economic affluence, the ratio of citizens in jail remains remarkably
high. The fairly low rank comes mainly from high levels of militarization. Data shows, however, that the US has been
on a steady climb towards peace since 2007.
- For the second consecutive year, Iceland is ranked the most
peaceful nation. Studies show that the ratio of citizens who are in jail is a mere 47 per 100,000, proving to be
one of the lowest in the world.
- For the second consecutive year, Somalia is ranked the least peaceful
nation. Over 20% of the population is displaced due to internal conflicts and unstable government, while famine and
poor infrastructure make the country a fertile ground for internal violence.
reveal a “tipping point” for nations with low levels of conflict, at which even small steps taken towards peace-making
leave a lasting and significant impact on the further reduction of violence.
- Calculations indicate that
by excluding the increases in US military expenditure from the past decade, the global military expenditure would
have fallen. Although overall, there was a decline in the level of militarization from 2009 and it was one
of the top five indicators that improved from the year previous.
- Sri Lanka saw the greatest improvement in the
GPI scale, rising nearly 30 ranks at the conclusion of their civil war. After two decades of civil war, the defeat of terrorist
organization Tamil Tigers in 2009 led to a significant drop in the number of deaths due to internal struggle.
Syria fell by the widest margin of 30 places, largely due to its descent into civil war. The UN estimated that by March of
2012, over 9,000 Syrians men, women, and children had lost their lives in the civil conflict.
- While most indicators
of international violence have dropped, the “level of perceived criminality in society” revealed a significant
rise. Over the last 6 years, the level of external peace has improved while internal peace has in turn worsened.
- There remains a significant gap between democracy and other forms of government. According to the GPI, even a flawed
democracy scores better than various forms of authoritarian regime.
- According to the GPI, the top five biggest
fallers are all Arab Spring countries. This stems largely from the instability and upheaval of various regime changes that
led to an increase in violent protests.
- Terrorism is one of the most predominant sources of conflict since 2001.
Although the best area of improvement is given to the decline in political terror scale, non-state actors continue to pose
threats to the global community.
Key Findings of PPI:
- The United States scores 16th out of 158 in the Positive Peace Index.
The top five ranking nations are all Nordic, in the order of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland.
- Of the ten lowest ranking nations, a majority are from the Sub-Saharan African nations, the last five of which are
Ethiopia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, and Zimbabwe. These nations also correlate with the the least equitable
distribution of resources and availability of education.
- The only indicator for which the
North American Region does not score the highest score is the Good Relations with Neighbours.
Read the full report and explore the Interactive GPI Global Map
Sato Matsui, Pammie Shapiro
and the Peace Alliance team...
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