Nonviolence

Dorothy Day “The greatest challenge of the day is how to bring about a revolution of the heart.”
Daniel Berrigan “Nonviolence is not primarily a tactic. It is a way of living and being and expressing the truth of your soul in the world.”
Ceasar Chavez “…help us love those who hate us so we can change the world.”
St. Paul “Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good (Rom 12:21)”
Jesus “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust” (Matthew 5:43-45)

From the beginnings in 1933 the Catholic Worker paper expressed a commitment to nonviolence; opposing all war, violence and social injustice.  The Catholic Social teachings on the dignity of all life and the interconnectedness of the human family, inspire Catholic Workers to express in word and nonviolent action their opposition to policies that cause suffering and violate the sanctity of life.  Catholic Workers consider nonviolent public witness an essential component of the spiritual works of mercy.  It seems clear that war, injustice, and institutional violence perpetuate the cycle of poverty.

It is not enough to feed the poor without challenging the structures that keep people impoverished.

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Mark 7: 17-23

When he got home away from the crowd his disciples questioned him about the parable.  He said to them, “Are even you likewise without understanding?  Do you not realize that everything that goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters not the heart but the stomach and passes out into the latrine?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.)  But what comes out of a person, that is what defiles.  From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.  All these evils come from within and they defile.

Nonviolent behavior is courteous and peaceful.