Just Peacemakers, by Mary Evelyn Jegen, SNDdeN; Paulist Press; 2006
Mary Evelyn reminds us in her Introduction that this book comes out of her “long years of teaching and learning.” She has for many years been living out Catholic Social Teaching by her involvement in numerous national and international religious peace and justice movements, including Pax Christi, Bread for the World and Fellowship of Reconciliation. The book begins with a discussion of what it means to be Church, a community of disciples of Jesus “characterized by intimacy with God and inexhaustible, unrestricted compassion for people.” The Gospel calls us to non-violence and reconciliation and to action on behalf of justice. She describes the need to understand the various contexts in which we live, including our primary one, Earth community. Also discussed is “how active non-violence, rooted in the Gospel, is developing in social thought and practice.” Arranged for personal or group study, this book includes reflection questions at the end of each Chapter.
In addition to explaining Catholic Social teaching and the nature of the social problems we face today, she gives methods for addressing these concerns of our time. Written in a very readable manner, readers new to peace and justice advocacy will find easy understanding, while veterans will be renewed in their commitment and perhaps even discover new ways of thinking and acting.