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a community of over 2000 Roman Catholics across the three Churches of St Joseph’s in Redhill, Holy Family in Reigate and
St Teresa of the Child Jesus in Merstham.

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15th January 2017
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A)

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Peace Sunday 2017

by Fr Rob Esdaile, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, Thames Ditton, Surrey

....Alarm at the proliferation of violence has provoked the Holy Father to call, in his message for World Peace Day (celebrated in England and Wales today - Sunday, January 15th, 2017), for a new style of politics aimed at building peace and for new way of conducting international relations - with Nonviolence as its central tenet. It ought to be obvious that violence cannot heal the wounds caused by violence, and that crushing our opponents by military might will never bring true reconciliation. Yet we seem to have difficulty in grasping that truth.
........It really does constitute a new style of politics, as Pope Francis has said. The transformation won’t be easy. But it’s the only path which offers hope to our divided world. Fortunately, we don’t need to make that journey alone. There are many others already committed to this new way, in organisations such as the international Catholic Peace Movement, Pax Christi, groups which have already developed training and techniques for those who dare to believe that another way is possible besides preparation for war. But our greatest resource is the message and example of Jesus, calling us to love our enemies and to walk the way of peace together. In that sign we have our victory.

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