As women called to a life of profound union with God and with each other, we commit ourselves to live non-violently, to work to transform structures that promote violence, and to affirm the dignity of persons. In the aftermath of the brazen display of deadly violence that swept our Capitol on January 6, we, like so many others, are deeply distressed about the prospect of more violence in Washington, D.C., and in cities across the country in the coming days.
So, we ask you to join us in prayers for peace, reconciliation and healing. In his 2020 World Day of Peace Message, Pope Francis shared that peace is “the object of our hope and the aspiration of the entire human family.” We hope and pray that we can come together as one human family to bridge the deep divides – political, racial, economic and cultural – that cause so much suffering among our dear neighbors.
We ask the God of peace and compassion to give our government leaders and all citizens the strength and wisdom needed to be instruments for positive change and the capacity to restore peace, civility and faith in our diversity. While the path forward is not clear, we ask that all dear neighbors move forward to seek ways to promote peace and build a culture of non-violence which begins with each and every one of us.