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Focus on Faith: Promotion of Peace

This month’s Catholic Social Teaching is PROMOTION OF PEACE which is the foundational theme for Grade 2. Peace is the work of justice and the result of love. Much more than the absence of conflict, it speaks of a harmony or shalom which is fundamental to God’s original vision for all of creation. Catholic social teaching contends that peace can be established only if the social order set down by God is fully observed.

“Respect for and development of human life require peace. Peace is not merely the absence of war, and it is not limited to maintaining a balance of powers between adversaries. Peace cannot be attained on earth without safeguarding the goods of persons, free communication among men, respect for the dignity of persons and peoples, and assiduous practice of fraternity. Peace is “the tranquility of order.” Peace is the work of justice and the effect of charity.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2304

Using this teaching, our school will incorporate this theme into all curriculum areas, giving your children opportunities to:

· recognize the inherent dignity in all people of good will

· recognize that peace is not simply the absence of war but rather a mutual respect between all people and nations

· recognize that peace is the fruit of justice and is dependent upon the right ordering among humans

· Explore relationships that build the Kingdom of God rather than tear it down

· describe the role of social institutions in contributing to the common good of society

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” Matthew 5: 9

Melanson, BrianFocus on Faith: Promotion of Peace