FAST FOOD: Fortieth Helping

Attached is the homily delivered at the close of the Forty-Day Fast for the Truth of Gospel Nonviolence, at the Shrine of the Lamb in Knock, Ireland, August 9, 1988. On August 21 of 1879, at the rear of St. John the Baptist Church in Knock, Ireland,


FAST FOOD: Thirty-Ninth Helping

“The hand that held the Eucharist must not be sullied by the bloodstained sword.” -St. Cyprian Insignia of the U.S. Infantry Training School Fort Benning, Georgia, worn by military personnel assigned there, including Christian chaplains T


FAST FOOD: Thirty-Eighth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE A True Story from Church History Don Lorenzo Milani (1923-1967) was an Italian Catholic priest who unambiguously and undauntedly proclaimed the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels and His Nonviole


FAST FOOD: Thirty-Seventh Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE SCIENCE AND SCIENTISTS IN THE SERVICE OF HUMAN DESTRUCTION: EVER NEW HOMICIDE GIMMICKS GALORE William Kemmler August 6, 1890 (See attachment) MOTHER OF NUCLEAR SORROWS “Whatever you do t


FAST FOOD: Thirty-Sixth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE Principle of Non-Contradiction Two contradictory propositions cannot be true at the same time and in the same sense. Between two logical and meaningful propositions “X” and “not X” the


FAST FOOD: Thirty-Fifth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE “The power of perception of people, who live in a system of deception, is darkened… In Psalm 19:12-13, we find the ever worth pondering passage: ‘But who can discern his errors? Clear th


FAST FOOD:Thirty-Fourth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold. —Aristotle A small error at the outset can lead to great errors in the final conclusions. —St. Thomas Aquinas


FAST FOOD: Thirty-Third Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE Ponder the Faces of the Children Photo taken at My Lai, March 16, AD1968, by Ronald L. Haeberle, seconds before these children and women were slaughtered by mostly Constantinian Christians. Th


FAST FOOD: Thirty-Second Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE The de facto operational method of catechises in the institutional Constantinian churches in relations to war, violence and enmity is a process of saving people by protecting them from knowing


FAST FOOD: Thirty-First Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE Is withholding knowledge and/or information a Christian needs to make a moral decision, that is to do the will of God as revealed by Jesus, morally permissible in Christianity? He said these t


FAST FOOD: Thirtieth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE True or false: A bishop, priest, minister or pastor can morally withhold the proclamation of the Gospel, or some portion thereof, if proclaiming it would cause discomfort for a person or a gro


FAST FOOD: Twenty-Ninth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE “Through the Eucharist the deity is rendered present in a striking and unique fashion. Communion is achieved only through Jesus Christ, who is man and as man is body. The body is therefo


FAST FOOD: Twenty-Eight Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE The earliest account of the institution of the Lord’s Supper is by St. Paul. It reads as follows: “For I received from the Lord what I also hand on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the nigh


FAST FOOD: Twenty-Seventh Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE Noam Chomsky is neither a Christian nor a pacifist. He does, however, know a thing or two about words, grammar, rhetoric, logic, phrases, clauses, sentences, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs,


FAST FOOD: Twenty-Sixth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE The Eucharist is the memorial, which Christ gave us on the eve of his death, when he said, “Do this in memory of me.” It is the solemn assurance of his abiding, life- giving presence—“


FAST FOOD: Twenty-Fifth Helping

Thanks to the Eucharist, God’s absolute ‘no’ to violence, pronounced on the cross, is kept alive through the centuries. The Eucharist is the sacrament of non-violence. With his sacrifice, Christ defeated violence, not opposing it with greater v


FAST FOOD: Twenty-Fourth Helping

The motto of the great ones might well be “Winner Take All—Even the Memories.” The winner owns history and bends it to his will. -Daniel Berrigan, S.J., The Kings and Their gods It does not take much reflection to perceive how detail-devoid Euc


FAST FOOD: Twenty-Third Helping

The motto of the great ones might well be “Winner Take All—Even the Memories.” The winner owns history and bends it to his will. -Daniel Berrigan, S.J., The Kings and Their gods Mrs. Rooney lived down the street from me in the 1940s when I was


FAST FOOD: Twenty-Second Helping

The motto of the great ones might well be “Winner Take All—Even the Memories.” The winner owns history and bends it to his will. -Daniel Berrigan, S.J., The Kings and Their gods Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi Lex orandi, lex credendi (&#


FAST FOOD: Twenty-First Helping

Memories can be made to serve. Do some memories miss the mark of truth? What matter? In retrospect the wars of the Kings are laved in a perfume of virtuous necessity. The motto of the great ones might well be “Winner Take All—Even the Memories.


FAST FOOD: Twentieth Helping

To repeat from Helping Eighteen: It is deeply moving to see the unbelievable sensitivity with which Jesus listens to the Fourth Song of the Suffering Servant (Is 52:13-53:12) among the many voices, and used it to interpret the true rule of God and Hi


FAST FOOD: Nineteenth Helping

Was the reign of God that Jesus proclaimed a utopia? Most certainly it was not. Jesus proclamation and practice of the reign of God is more radical than any utopia. It is more realistic. It is more critical. It knows more about human beings. It is th


FAST FOOD: Eighteenth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE FAST FOOD: Eighteenth Helping It is deeply moving to see the unbelievable sensitivity with which Jesus listens to the Fourth Song of the Suffering Servant (Is 52:13-53:12) among the many voice


FAST FOOD: Seventeenth Helping

Power [i.e., dominative power, coercive power, the power of violence] more than other things recommends itself as a means to noble ends. Power can appear to be the sole means by which great good can be accomplished. It is not always easy to discern t


FAST FOOD: Sixteenth Helping

What would ever possess a Church leader to teach people that these two Christian men are faithfully following Jesus, obeying what He has commanded, loving as Jesus loves, loving their enemies, doing the will of God as revealed by Jesus, following the


FAST FOOD: Fifteenth Helping

What type of mind would interpret the vertical pen-and-ink figure below as a symbol of Jesus, as a symbol of the teachings of Jesus, as a a symbol of faithfully following Jesus, as a symbol of an act that is in conformity with Jesus and His teaching?


FAST FOOD: Fourteenth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE FAST FOOD: Fourteenth Helping Is faith a narcotic dream in a world of heavily armed robbers?…The problem of violence today must be traced to its roots: not the small time murders but the


FAST FOOD: Thirteenth Helping

FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE FAST FOOD: Thirteenth Helping At least since Constantine, if not longer, the institutional church has been, besides the vehicle for the Gospel, an omnibus carrying many passengers on a first-class ri


FAST FOOD: Twelfth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE FAST FOOD: Twelfth Helping “The whole point of the Gospels is that the leaders are just some other guys named Joe.” John L. McKenzie, Catholic Biblical Scholar Source, page157.


FAST FOOD: Eleventh Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE FAST FOOD: Eleventh Helping Among police organizations in the U.S. there is the infamous blue wall, the code of silence, the unwritten rule not to report a colleague’s error, misconduct or c


FAST FOOD: Tenth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE FAST FOOD: Tenth Helping Who murdered Jesus? Those who plotted to kill Jesus and who handed Him over Pilate to finish the job were not just some other guys named Joe. They were the crème de l


FAST FOOD: Ninth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE FAST FOOD: Ninth Helping Who murdered Jesus? In the last two FAST FOOD Helpings in response to the above questions I wrote that Jesus was murdered by “a minuscule number of Jews and Romans,


FAST FOOD: Eighth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE FAST FOOD: Eighth Helping Who murdered Jesus? Jesus did not die in bed of cancer. Nor, was Jesus murdered by assassination. Jesus was murdered via two prestigious legal systems, the Roman and


FAST FOOD: Seventh Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE FAST FOOD: Seventh Helping Who Murdered Jesus? The question, “Who murdered Jesus?” is usually more euphemistically presented as, “Who killed Jesus?” Killing a human being is homicide.


FAST FOOD: Sixth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE FAST FOOD: Sixth Helping U.S. DRONE KILL 16 MORE PEOPLE JULY 2, 2013 IN NORTH WAZIRISTAN, PAKISTAN: Total now killed by U.S. drones 3,460 Appalling Apparel: This picture of Mary, the Mother of


FAST FOOD: Fifth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE FAST FOOD: Fifth Helping I know of an Irishman, as staunch a Catholic as ever walked on God’s green earth, who professes his commitment to the faith by muscularly telling anyone who will lis


FAST FOOD: Fourth Helping

Independence Day for the Christian is Easter The Mystery of Faith: Lord, by your cross and resurrection you have set us free. You are the Savior of the world. (From the Roman Catholic Eucharist Prayer) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. S


FAST FOOD: Third Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE FAST FOOD: Third Helping Chinese Proverb: “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” A C


FAST FOOD: Second Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE FAST FOOD: Second Helping “People have a right to resist annihilation.” -Arundhati Roy, Indian political activist The Guardian, June 2011 “What I want to achieve—what I have been striv


FAST FOOD: First Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE FAST FOOD: First Helping “I don’t condemn violence. Non-violence is a piece of theatre. You need an audience. What can you do when you have no audience? People have a right to resist annih