Embracing of Gospel Nonviolence
Are you ready to embrace the possibility that God is a God of Nonviolent Love?

The full embracing of Gospel Nonviolence calls for a radical alteration in thought patterns, verbal patterns, behavioral patterns, and emotional patterns. That is, it requires a completely different reality orientation and self-understanding. To a mind grounded primarily in the logic of the temporal and conditioned by a seemingly endless stream of examples in which violence is portrayed as a legitimate means of conflict resolution, the acceptance of nonviolence as truth does not come easily. There is no doubt that a significant change of mind (metanoia) is indispensable for embracing the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospel — a process which necessitates an alteration in consciousness made possible only through grace and a patterned, repetitive exposure to ideas and images consistent with the Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies as taught and lived by Jesus.

Getting Started

To Teach What Jesus Taught: A Call to Fidelity

(Rev.) Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

Thoroughly enter into the depth of the issue of Gospel Nonviolence by pondering this reflection.

Eucharist Is "God's Absolute 'No' to Violence"

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa (Preacher to the Papal Household)

The Sermon, Eucharist Is "God's Absolute 'No' to Violence," was the third in a series of weekly Lenten meditations delivered by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, the Preacher to the Papal Household. In the sermon he states that "Christ defeated violence, not by opposing it with greater violence, but suffering it and laying bare all its injustice and uselessness." He also affirms that, "The Eucharist is the sacrament of non-violence."

A reflection on the Eucharist

(Rev.) Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

Outside of Jesus Christ, the Eucharist has no Christian meaning. Everything about it must ultimately be referenced to Him and then through Him to Abba. The same is true of the Christian life. Jesus is the ultimate norm of Christian existence; everything must be referenced to Him...

Next Steps

Check out the Nonviolence Resource Center (under the Resources menu). More specifically, look under Booklets. The Stations of the Cross of Nonviolent Love contains personally assimilable and livable meditations on specific dimensions of Christ's Nonviolent Love as He endures each of the 14 stations of the cross, emerging finally at the 15th station, the Resurrection, having conquered evil and death.

In preparation for Lent, 2018

Where the new commandment is, there is Gospel Nonviolence. Where the new commandment is not, there Gospel Nonviolence is not. Hence, the daily prayer, indeed the ceaseless prayer, of those person’s or communities who desire to live a life according to the Way of Nonviolent Love of all in all circumstances as taught by word and deed by Jesus in the Gospels, that is, those who desire to live in accordance with the new commandment, should be...

(Rev.) Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

(Rev.) Emmanuel Charles McCarthy is a priest of the Eastern Rite (Byzantine) of the Catholic Church. He was formerly a lawyer, university educator and founder and original director of The Program for the Study and Practice of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a co-founder of Pax Christi-USA. For over forty years he has directed educational programs and conducted spiritual retreats throughout the world on the issue of the relationship of faith and violence...