Mission Pack 5
Peace



We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future,
spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded
and preach peace
.”  - Pope Francis, 2020

Inquiry Questions:

- How does world peace begin with me? (P)
- Can war ever be justified? (S)

1. Research the country profile of Ethiopia. Where do most people live? How does this compare to Australia? (P)

2. What challenges to peace is Ethiopia currently facing? What do you think are the causes of this?

3. How many major faiths does Ethiopia have?  Research one that is not Catholicism.

4. Find out about Catholic Mission's Interfaith  Program. What does Interfaith mean? Why is it important? (S)

1. What does it mean to be an "ally" for those in a minority?

2. Talk to a classmate and find three things you have in common and three differences. How many relate to physical appearance, family, hobbies and interest, others? What can you learn from each other’s differences? (P)

3. How is diversity celebrated in your school? Could this be improved?

4. Complete the Circle of Trust
activity. What did you notice? (S)

1. Create a calendar of significant days of the year that acknowledge inclusivity and diversity. E.g., Harmony Day, NAIDOC Week. How are these celebrated in your community? Choose one of these days and find out more about it. (P) āš½

2. Research a significant day in Ethiopia’s history. What happened and how did it change the country? (S)

3. Think of an action you can take to advocate for peace in Ukraine. How do we reach out to our  brothers and sisters in Australia who belong to the Russian Orthodox Church?

4. Share your Socktober Star page, including your story, with three new people and ask for their support!

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Scripture Reflection:

Colossians 3:15

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful."

Paul names the positive traits which Christians are to emulate. Here, he adds two additional ideals to pursue, along with eight in the earlier passages. 

First, he calls believers to live in peace. It is to "rule" in our hearts, meaning it should be in charge of how we live. We are not called to live in violence or squabbles among each other, but in peace. In prior verses, he was discussing the need for Christians to tolerate, love, and support each other. In this verse, after mentioning peace, Paul again speaks of the unity Christians have. With Christ as the head, we are all part of a spiritual "body," which is the church.

The second trait Paul mentions in this verse is simple: an attitude of thanksgiving.

Catholic Social Teaching

1. Promotion of Peace - Catholic teaching promotes peace as a positive, action-oriented concept. Peace is the fruit of justice and is dependent upon right order among human beings.

2. Common Good - A true community is one where the common good is reached when we work together to befter the wellbeing of all people in our community and the wider world.

3. Human Dignity - God made each person, so every life is important and should be protected.

4. Participation and Subsidiarity
- God made us to be part of communities, families and countries, so all people can share and help each other. No one community should have dominance over another or interfere in their lives.

         

Additional Activities: primary

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...and be inspired!

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...and be moved!

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  • ‘What’s Going On’ – Marvin Gaye
  • What is Peace? Etan Bortizer (audiobook)
  • ‘Beautiful Day’ – U2


...and reflect!

šŸŽØ DO...    

  • Reflect on Pope Francis' quote above about peace. How can you respond to that call today? 
  • Click on one or more parts of the interactive Uluru Statement From the Heart and learn more about the words. What do they say to you? 
  • Discover a soccer player or other sportsperson who has promoted peace through their sport. Write a short biography about that person. 

...and make an impact!

Additional Activities: secondary

šŸ“š  READ...    



...and be inspired!

šŸ“ŗ  WATCH...    


...and be moved!

šŸŽ§  LISTEN...   


  • ‘What’s Going On’ – Marvin Gaye
  • 'Beautiful Day’ – U2
  • ‘Peace Train’ –Yusuf/Cat Stevens


...and reflect!

šŸŽØ DO...    

  • Research some examples of sports organisations and leagues that embrace inclusion and In what ways do they do this? E.g. Proud2Play, Disability Sports Australia, Thunder Nation Cup. Can you find others?
  • Learn about Pope John Paul II's visit to Alice Springs in 1986 and write a news article as if you were there. 
  • Discover a soccer player or other sportsperson who has promoted peace through their sport. Write a short biography about that person and include the challenges they faced. 

...and make an impact!