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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Great Peacemakers Like You & Me!

Great Peacemakers Like You and Me // The children from the MasterPEACE program of 29 Pieces (formerly Today Marks the Beginning) say it all. It’s up to us! Happy International Day of Peace!! Kudos to John Katz, James Neel and Fast Cut Edits for this video. 

Since late 2007, it has been our privilege to work with over 2000 Dallas children in the MasterPEACE program. Thank you to all the generous people and organizations who have made this work possible. Just look at what you started! Thank you.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Peace Day is tomorrow!

For hatred can never put an end to hatred; love alone can. This is an unalterable law. People forget that their lives will end soon. For those who remember, quarrels come to an end.
— From "Twin Verses", the Dhammapada

Twin Verses This is the opening chapter of the Dhammapada, an ancient collection of the Buddha's teachings in verse form. Buddha – literally“he who is awake” – is the title given to the young prince Siddhartha Gautama (ca. 563–483 B.C.) after he attained nirvana or self-realization. The translation is by Eknath Easwaran, adapted for meditation from The Dhammapada (Petaluma, California: Nilgiri Press, 1985).

Monday, September 19, 2011

2 days to International Day of Peace

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of all the world and to the community for which it stands: one people loved into existence by God, breathing an indivisible air, warmed by a sun that shines on good and bad alike, kept alive by rain that falls on the just and unjust. I commit myself to spend my life for this world for liberty and justice for all. Amen.
— Sister Mary Evelyn Jegen 

Sister Mary Evelyn Jegen, SND, taught history at UD from 1967 to 1971.  She worked with students who were struggling with their response to the war in Vietnam and considering conscientious objection.  This experience changed her response to war itself, and some years later she became a pacifist.  She eventually became the first national coordinator of Pax Christi USA, in 1979, and in 1984 was elected vice president of Pax Christi International.  Dr. Jegen served on a team representing Pax Christi at the United Nations, 1991-2000 (Pax Christi International has special consultative status as a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations).

She is the author of several books, including Just Peacemakers: An Introduction to Peace and Justice (Paulist Press, paperback 2005), and How You Can Be a Peacemaker: Catholic Teachings and Practical Suggestions (Liguori Publications, 1985).

Sister Mary Evelyn received her doctorate in medieval European history from St. Louis University.  

Sunday, September 18, 2011

3 Days to International Day of Peace!

Sri Sarada Devi
I tell you one thing — if you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. Rather learn to see your own faults. Learn to make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; the whole world is your own. 
 Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi

Sarada Devi (Bengali) (22 December 1853 – 20 July 1920), born Saradamani Mukhopadhyaya, was the wife and spiritual counterpart of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, a nineteenth century mystic of Bengal. Sarada Devi is also reverentially addressed as the Holy Mother (Sri Maa) by the followers of the Ramakrishna monastic order. Sarada Devi played an important role in the growth of the Ramakrishna Movement.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Countdown to September 21

By Charlotte Miller

Peaceful thought for the day . . .
Hospitality.  It is more than having friends over for dinner, and more than a guest bedroom with clean sheets, though these common practices are things of wonder. The practice of hospitality is a two way street, it is giving and receiving, like a dance in which no one can tell who is leading and who is following, and it moves to the rhythm of the oneness of humanity.
— Charme Robarts

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Countdown to Peace Day, Sept. 21!

The earth is too small a star and we too brief a visitor upon it for anything to matter more than the struggle for peace. 
— Colman McCarthy 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Time of Peace: Dr. Barbara Miller

Dr. Barbara Miller, as featured in the Baylor Dental Journal
Dr. Barbara Miller, co-founder of Today Marks the Beginning, and Board Member of 29 Pieces, is featured in the current Baylor Dental Journal! In her day job, Barbara is the Executive Director of recruitment and admissions at Baylor College of Dentistry. To read the full article, please go to either of the following links. The story tells of Barbara's love of art as a tool to transform lives and enrich communities.
This is to the entire Journal: