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El Salvador Murders 1980-2015


Jean Donovan, Sr.Ita Ford, Sr.Dorothy Kazel and Sr.Maura Clarke were raped and murdered in El Salvador thirty-five years ago this day, December 2, AD1980. Let those who remember, pray today for the repose of their souls.May we also today be attentive to the Eternal Holy Spirit of Christ within us, and try to sincerely pray for those responsible for their rape and murder? Daniel Canales Ramirez, Carlos Joaquin Contreras Palacios, Francisco Orlando Contreras Recinos and Jose Roberto Moreno Canjura are the four El Salvadoran National Guardsmen convicted legally of the crimes in 1984. In 1993, a United Nations Truth Commission report concluded that Col. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, the director of the National Guard in 1980, and Gen. Jose Guillermo Garcia, the Minister of Defense at the time, had organized an official cover-up. (Both men have been granted residence in the United States and now live in Florida.) Sergeant Colindres Aleman was also convicted of the murders. He was the head of that contingent of four National Guardsmen. After the women were taken captive and brought to a remote area, he went back to a telephone to get instruction on what to do with them. When he returned the order, ”una orden superior” he gave to the four—according to their own testimony was, “Liquidate them!”>Download

Homily at the Eucharist of the Resurrection                                     

In Memory Alden Poole                                     

Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, Quincy, MA, October 23, AD 2015 –Homilist: Rev. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

This is the day that the Lord has made: let us therefore rejoice and be glad therein” (Ps 118: 24).In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.To loosely paraphrase Mark Antony’s “homily” at Julius Caesar’s funeral, “I come to this Eucharist today not to praise Alden, but to thank God.” Eucharist in Greek means thanksgiving. This Eucharist, every Eucharist is a Liturgy of thanksgiving rooted in the human memory of the great deeds of love that God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—has done for all human beings. Today we have a particular focus in memory on the great deeds of love the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, have done for and through Alden for his own good and for the good of all humanity.  The Psalms exhort us to “Give thanks to the Lord, who is good, whose love endures forever” (Ps 118:1) and so we shall.Alden was a newspaperman, so perhaps it is fitting, here at the beginning of this homily at this Mass of the Resurrection being offered for him and in remembrance of him, to quote another newspaperman—Art Buchwald.>Download


The Courage to See: A Pastoral Letter for Great Lent, 2015

Bishop John Botean, Romanian Catholic Diocese of Canton

In my last letter to you, my reflection for last Christmas, I spoke to you of dreams—God’s dreams, Mary’s dreams, your dreams, my dreams—and I specifically called to mind the need for us all to become simple in mind and heart, so that we may be “lenses” through whom the world may know and encounter the one true God through Him who has made God known as Father, our Lord Jesus Christ. I told you that my dream for 2015 was that we may find freedom from all the things that hold our hearts and minds bound, and especially from the tyranny of things that we ourselves have manufactured, in our fearful imaginings, about life, about ourselves, and about one another.


MERCY: JESUS, THE LAMB WHO IS RICH IN MERCY – Rev. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

Inaugurating a Millennium of Mercy

The above video is a profound spiritual reflection on Divine Mercy and the centrality of mercy in the life of the disciple of Jesus was given on March 17, 1995, at the Shrine of the Lamb in Knock, Ireland.

In Matthew 25: 31-46, sometimes referred to as the Last Judgement teaching of Jesus, mercy, given or withheld, is the standard of judgement at the end of time. This means that mercy is to be the standard for choosing moment to moment during one’s time on earth. This presentation is one of several presentations from a six day retreat titled, Behold the Lamb, which is available for download



Pope John Paul says: “it is God who is rich in mercy whom Jesus Christ has revealed to us as Father. It is God who is rich in mercy that Jesus Christ has revealed to us as Father. Making the Father present as love and mercy is in Jesus’ own consciousness the fundamental touchstone of his mission as Messiah.”

The video above is a 30 minute interview with the only U. S. Catholic Bishop to publicly denounce the War on Iraq as Immoral.

“Therefore I, by the grace of God and the favor of the Apostolic See Bishop of the Eparchy of St. George in Canton, must declare to you, my people, for the sake of your salvation as well as my own, that any direct participation and support of this war against the people of Iraq is objectively grave evil, a matter of mortal sin. Beyond a reasonable doubt this war is morally incompatible with the Person and Way of Jesus Christ. With moral certainty I say to you it does not meet even the minimal standards of the Catholic just war theory.

Thus, any killing associated with it is unjustified and, in consequence, unequivocally murder. Direct participation in this war is the moral equivalent of direct participation in an abortion. For the Catholics of the Eparchy of St. George, I hereby authoritatively state that such direct participation is intrinsically and gravely evil and therefore absolutely forbidden.” – Bishop John Michael Botean. The full letter by the Bishop can be read here.

Below are a set of seventeen (17) powerful 10-minute videos recorded in Birmingham, UK

1. Resurrection

2. The Gift of Nonviolence

3. Putting On The Mind Of Christ

4. Nonviolence and The Right To Life

5. Trust In Nonviolence

6. Nonviolence and Hope

7. Gratitude

8. Nonviolence/Resurrection Ethics

9. History And Conscience

10. The Church And War

11. Post Constantinian Christianity

12. Just/Unjust War

13. The Ripple Effect of Nonviolence

14. Truth

15. Self Deception

16. Culpable Conscience

17. The Mystery of Jesus And His Way

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The Desire To Know The Truth presented by Rev. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy at Oscott College, St. Mary’s Seminary, Birmingham, England. Running Time 58 mins. Recorded in 2012 by Peter McGuinness from GNV Team.

Introduction to the History, Theology and Spirituality of Gospel Nonviolence (GNV) was recorded on 8th June 2010 at Kimmage Manor, Dublin, Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Province of Ireland by Peter McGuinness. It discusses the inconsistency between faith in Jesus (the Prince of Peace) and war, abortion, violence, hatred etc. from GNV Team.

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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.

We recommend starting with the three articles further down this page, under “Getting started”. Once you have finished those, explore our free “Resources” section.

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Getting Started

1. Gospel Nonviolence: The Indispensable Truth

To Teach What Jesus Taught: A Call to Fidelity

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.


2. Lenten Meditation on The Nonviolent Eucharist

Eucharist Is “God’s Absolute ‘No’ to Violence”

Fr. Raniero CantalamessaPreacher 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.”


3. The Nonviolent Eucharistic Jesus: A Pastoral Approach

A reflection on the Eucharist

(Rev.) Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

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