Peacemaking is a radical commitment — a demanding journey that needs to be shared. The AUSCP Working Group has prepared the Eucharist of Gospel Nonviolence, developed by group member John Heagle describes as six-week period of commitment, dialogue, and hard work. He adds,
We move forward with both deep respect for our Catholic liturgical tradition, but also a commitment to help infuse it with a more traditional grounding in Jesus the Christ, the Suffering Servant of Abba, and his teaching and life-ministry of nonviolent love.”
The Eucharist of Gospel Non-Violence
The AUSCP is presenting this prayer to our US conference of Bishops and urging them to seek at least experimental approval from the Vatican Office of Worship. We also encourage our members and all interested to pray with this and other prayers in approved ways.
Also included is the text of a letter written by Daniel Hale to Judge Liam O’Grady, as he describes his PTSD and depression after serving in Afghanistan and his participation in the drone strikes killing “misguided young men who were but mere children on the day of 9/11.” At the beginning of his letter, Hale quotes US Navy Admiral Gene LaRocque who was speaking to a reporter in 1995: “We now kill people without ever seeing them. Now you push a button thousands of miles away … Since it’s all done by remote control, there’s no remorse . . . and then we come home in triumph.”