To all friends of the MACC community, in the last two days the MACC team came together with heavy hearts to pray and reflect on the recent mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton.

As a learning community, we have spent these past three days in prayerful solidarity with all affected by this hateful plague of violence – especially those who lost loved ones.  Even in our anger and fear, we have asked, “What is God asking of us in light of these terrible events?”  While we have no simple answers, we know that we are being called to greater conversion.

We, therefore, the undersigned members of the MACC team, recommit ourselves:

  1. To active peace-building through education for justice;
  2. To non-violent resistance to systemic evil and unjust laws;
  3. To incarnate the language of love as a response to hate speech that stokes fear and violence;
  4. To integral education that fosters intercultural understanding and friendship;
  5. To dismantling racism – at all levels – through bold and courageous systematic change;

Finally, as voting citizens who are Republicans and Democrats, we join with and echo the USCCB and many other religious and civil groups in urgently calling for a total ban on assault weapons and common sense measures that control the sale and use of firearms – such as universal background checks for all gun purchases, limitations on civilian access to high-capacity weapons and ammunition magazines, and a federal law to criminalize gun trafficking.

As we begin this new academic year in the midst of so much anguish, we pledge to daily live out the Prayer of St. Francis, and invite all of our faculty, students, and friends to join us! Together, let us pray with our words and actions:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive,  it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

MACC Team Members

Carolina Àvila Juanita Garcia
Clemencia Barrera Laura Graham
Jacqueline Bedson Sr. Elizabeth Guerrero
Kathy Bliquez Isabel Martinez
Rev. Len Brown Lodie Mueller
Olga Campos Juan Olivo
Dr. Arturo Chávez Rev. Edward Owens
Dr. John Chitakure Ivan Peña
Belinda Cruz Guadalupe Pineda
Meghan Dávila Sr. Guadalupe Ramirez
Sr. Tere de Loera Rev. Benjamin Romero-Arrieta
Sr. Constanza Fernández Sr. Rose Quilter
Sr. Maritza Cisneros Yvonne Dilling, San Antonio Mission Animator for the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers

Pledge to daily live out the Prayer of St. Francis - Compromete a vivir diariamente la Oración de San Francisco

We, therefore, the undersigned members of the MACC team, recommit ourselves:

1. To active peace-building through education for justice;
2. To non-violent resistance to systemic evil and unjust laws;
3. To incarnate the language of love as a response to hate speech that stokes fear and violence;
4. To integral education that fosters intercultural understanding and friendship;
5. To dismantling racism – at all levels – through bold and courageous systematic change;

Finally, as voting citizens who are Republicans and Democrats, we join with and echo the USCCB and many other religious and civil groups in urgently calling for a total ban on assault weapons and common sense measures that control the sale and use of firearms – such as universal background checks for all gun purchases, limitations on civilian access to high-capacity weapons and ammunition magazines, and a federal law to criminalize gun trafficking.

As we begin this new academic year in the midst of so much anguish, we pledge to daily live out the Prayer of St. Francis, and invite all of our faculty, students, and friends to join us! Together, let us pray with our words and actions:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

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Declaración sobre los Tiroteos en Masa en El Paso, Gilroy y Dayton

A todos los amigos de la comunidad de MACC, en los últimos dos días el equipo de MACC se reunió con los corazones apesadumbrados para orar y reflexionar sobre los recientes tiroteos masivos en Gilroy, El Paso, y Dayton.

Como comunidad de aprendizaje, hemos pasado estos últimos días en oración y en solidaridad con todos los afectados por esta odiosa plaga de violencia– especialmente con aquellos que perdieron a sus seres queridos.  Incluso en nuestro enojo y temor, nos hemos preguntado: “¿Qué nos está pidiento Dios a la luz de estos terribles eventos?”  Aunque nos tenemos respuestas sencillas, sabemos que estamos siendo llamados a una conversión mayor.

Nosotros, por lo tanto, los miembros del equipo de MACC que firmamos abajo, volvemos a comprometernos:

  1. A la construcción activa de la paz a través de la educación para la justicia;
  2. A la resistencia no violenta a las leyes sistémicas perversas e injustas;
  3. A encarnar el lenguaje del amor como respuesta al discurso de odio que aviva el miedo y la violencia;
  4. A una educación integral que fomente el entendimiento intercultural y la amistad;
  5. A desmantelar el racismo -a todos los niveles- mediante un cambio sistemático audaz y valiente.

Finalmente, como ciudadanos republicanos y demócratas con derecho a votar, nos unimos y hacemos eco a la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos y a muchos otros grupos religiosos y civiles para pedir urgentemente una prohibición total de las armas de as alto, y medidas de sentido común que controlen la venta y el uso de armas de fuego – tales como la verificación universal de antecedentes de todas las compras de armas de fuego, limitaciones en el acceso de la población civil a las armas de alta capacidad y a las revistas de municiones, y una ley federal que criminalice el tráfico de armas.

Al iniciar este nuevo año académico en medio de tanta angustia, nos comprometemos a vivir diariamente la Oración de San Francisco, e ¡invitamos a todos nuestros profesores, estudiantes y amigos a unirse a nosotros! Oremos juntos con nuestras palabras y acciones:

Señor, hazme un instrumento de tu paz: donde haya odio, que yo siembre amor; donde haya injuria, perdón; donde haya discordia, union; donde haya duda, fe; donde haya error, verdad; donde haya desaliento, esperanza; donde haya tristeza, alegría; donde haya oscuridad, luz.

Oh Divino Maestro, concédeme que no busque ser consolado, sino consolar; ser comprendido, sino comprender; ser amado, sino amar. Porque es dando que recibimos; perdonando que tú nos perdonas, y muriendo en ti que nacemos a la vida eterna. Amén.

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