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In the gospels, many times Jesus greets people with the words, “Peace be with you.” Bringing peace to people was one of Jesus’ most important ministries. We too are called to continue Jesus’ ministry and bring peace to one another. We must take a firm stand against violence and hatred in our world.

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

• Involve the children in writing a group peace pledge. Try to be specific. For example, you might include the following ideas.

... We will only say kind things to one another.
... We will resolve conflicts peacefully and calmly.
... We will share. We will not tease each other.

• Incorporate sharing a sign of peace into prayer with the children.

• Talk to your parish leaders about becoming a peace site and planting a peace pole.

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