Advent begins: The Dominican Month for Peace
- The purpose of the Month for Peace is to promote a global Dominican solidarity with members of the Dominican family working to bring hope in situations of violence and war and to draw inspiration from their work for our own Advent preparation.
- In the 2 previous years, the Dominican Month for Peace focused on 2 active war zones: Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- This year the focus is on specific Dominican projects in India. It also shifts our attention to situations characterized by structural and systemic violence rather than warfare.
- It focuses on women, children, and indigenous peoples [or “tribals” as they are known in India] suffering from patterns of severe poverty, discrimination, abuse, and the violation of human rights.
- It is an important reminder that peace is built upon foundations of mutual respect and justice for all.
- The ministries of the Christ, Prince of Peace, to Whom and for Whose coming we pray in this Advent season, include the building of healthy, compassionate, and just communities, the nourishing seedbeds within which peace can emerge and flourish.