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Adapted from Dies Irae

By: Joseph A. Volker, Ph.D.

September 11, 2005



Dies Irae, dies illa

Oh day of wrath, oh day of mourning

See fulfilled the prophets warning,

Heaven and earth in ashes burning

Death is struck and nature quaking

Nothing of the towers remaining.

Doomed to flames of woe unbounded.


Dies Irae, dies illa,

Day of infamy extolling,

sucidal planes exploding.

Shadow staining, flesh enflaming

Oh that 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

Seek in vain the glimpse of saviors,

Priests, magicians, lords, technicians.

Horrid bound the falling towers

Through the anguished cries of woe,

Cries of death each floor bestows.


Faint and weary, refuge, solace

Rescued from the fires raging

Trek the bridges, streets and alleys.

Home entreating, safe secure

Nothing less than care filled love

Waiting at each family’s door.


Grim the reaper still he’s knocking,

Nations’ lust for power and war.

Future tense with resolution

Casts the spell of vengeance’ kneading.

Cain 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

Not 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

War forsake, a nation’s pleading,

Racked in pain, unendless grieving.

Grant us Lord, your consolation,

Save 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.















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California Democratic Party Endorses
U.S. Dept. of Peacebuilding!

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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
Lily Marie, Nancy Merritt, Jeriln Stapleton @ TPA booth.

New provisions to both the CDP Platform of 2012 and DoP 2013 include:

  • Provide for public education programs that promote tolerance and respect for diversity
  • Create 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 skills
  • 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.

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Waiting for Legislation Committee testimony to begin - Nancy Merritt, Saundra Andrews, Darren Parker, Jerilyn Stapleton
Waiting for Legislation Committee testimony to begin - Nancy Merritt, Saundra Andrews, Darren Parker, Jerilyn Stapleton.



Whereas, 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 (Orange).

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)
  • HR808 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)

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Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 4:31 PM
Subject: "Just Peacemaking" is Bishop Gumbleton-recommended!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012


"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


Back 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.  


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; and others...

"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 Chappell, SNDdeN

Executive Director of Pax Christi USA

The 12-session program explores the challenges and promises of justice-based peacemaking, and includes:

  • Prayer
  • Readings and discussion
  • 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, and communities! 


In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

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Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:30 PM
Subject: Who ranks most peaceful nation in the world?

The Peace Alliance

Release of 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

Joseph, 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 Africa.

- 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.

- Statistics 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

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 "War destroys. And we must cry out for peace.
Peace sometimes gives the idea of stillness, but it is never stillness.
It is always an active peace.
I think that everyone must be committed in the matter of peace,
to do everything that they can,
what I can do from here.
Peace is the language we must speak."
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                                            ~Pope FRANCIS