EVENT: ‘Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare’ – Reflections on the two World Wars with the Herts. Justice & Peace commission

It is still not too late to book a place to join the Hertfordshire Justice and Peace Network this Saturday, 13 September, for a day of reflection on the two World Wars.

Justice and Peace Day Poster

Adelheid Smith, one of the Hertfordshire representatives for the Westminster Justice & Peace commission, said:

“When thinking about a programme for our 2014 Network Day, Colette and I felt that a reminder of the two world wars is necessary – less to celebrate the undoubted bravery and sacrifice of ‘our boys’ than to remind us that every war is a tragedy, and that, especially in modern warfare, there can be no winners, only losers and victims. We felt we have to explore the question of how the wars of the past could have been avoided, and what lessons there are for us for a better present and future.

Our two main speakers, Dr Cyprian Blamires and Scott Albrecht, have both had a long journey to find personal peace in the Catholic Church and the strength to love and serve God and their neighbour, wherever they find him/her. Thus they are able to transcend national boundaries and see a brother or sister in every human being regardless of their ethnicity or religion. We hope they can inspire us to do the same, and to find ways and means to become the courageous and effective peacemakers Christ wants us to be.”

The day will take place between 9.30am and 3pm at Our Lady Queen of Apostles, Welwyn Garden City, 141 Woodhall Lane, AL7 3TP. Entry will cost £5. Lunch will be available, prepared by the Catholic Women’s League, with all profits to be donated to CAFOD. You are also invited to bring along any letters, mementos or items of interest which connect you or you family to the World Wars, for sharing and reflection in small groups.

If you are interested, please book places by contacting Adelheid Smith on 01727 855931 or peterfsmith40@hotmail.com.

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