Underlying the concept of active nonviolence
by Sister William McCue OSF
The second in a series on active nonviolence from the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa (www.ClintonFranciscans.com)
Underlying the concept of active nonviolence is our belief that all life is interrelated in goodness from our Creator. This knowledge of our connectedness is to be transformed into loving action. Building relationship is essential to Christian living as exemplified in the Gospel and lived faithfully in the life of St. Francis. Both Jesus and St. Francis modeled extending relationships especially with the marginalized of their societies.
Jesus welcomed the little children and invited the blind beggar to approach him. He cured the daughter of the Canaanite woman, dined at the house of Zacchaeus, and conversed with the Samaritan woman. He welcomed sinners and ate with them.
St. Francis, in his zeal to follow Jesus, tried to overcome his aversion to lepers. In The Legend of…
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