By Rivera Sun
Kate Simonds and Chris Baumann have been on a two-month pilgrimage, hiking through France and Spain on the Camino Del Santiago. Joined by Skylar Cook and Ella White, they reached the end of the Camino Del Santiago on the International Day of Peace, September 21st. Standing in Finisterre, at the ocean’s edge, where both Catholic and pagan pilgrims have journeyed to the End of the World to offer prayers for thousands of years, they offered silent prayers for peace and nonviolence.
Kate Simonds writes, “This evening, as the sun was lowering towards the sea at Finisterre, the four us held hands, looked out over the crashing waves below us, and out to the white-gold glow of the sun, and said our individual prayers for Peace and Nonviolence.”
In a year when the Vatican has hosted their first-ever conference on nonviolence, Just Peace, and ending Just War Theory, and with Pope Francis announcing that his New Year’s Address will be on nonviolence, Campaign Nonviolence’s Rivera Sun asked them to lift up the Catholic Church in this landmark time, to help the Catholic religion walk in the path of nonviolence, turning away from the violence and warring of the past. Pace e Bene, the organization that launched Campaign Nonviolence, has played a key role in bringing the message of nonviolence to the Vatican, Cardinal Turkson, and Pope Francis. Executive Director Ken Butigan and Outreach Director John Dear continue to be deeply involved in integrating active nonviolence and Just Peace into the traditions and policies of the Catholic Church.
Rivera Sun writes, “I believe that each one of us, in all of our faith traditions has a responsibility to work for peace and nonviolence within our particular circles and groups. I am grateful to my family for helping me offer this prayer in such an auspicious location. Deep bows of gratitude, Kate Simonds, Chris Baumann, Skylar Cook, and Ella White, for standing with so many in sending out prayers and the steps along the journey of life toward the vision of peace and nonviolence.”
Photo Credit: Skylar Cook