” …in prayer I have peacefully come to hear what I believe is a public call to Fasting, to allow God’s unconditional love for each human being—you, me, Palestinian, Israeli—to come through more purely, more intensely for all who suffer this horror in Gaza.” –Sr. Paulette
A letter from Sr. Paulette
The situation is now desperate in Gaza. In so many ways we have pleaded with Congress and the President to have the guts to speak the truth about Israeli aggression against the Palestinians, about the “truth on the ground.” No matter how many marches, demonstrations, risks for arrests people have taken throughout the world in huge numbers to beg for human compassion and justice toward the Palestinians, the people who are supposed to represent us to the world have failed in courage, in human rights, in common sense.
Therefore, in prayer I have peacefully come to hear what I believe is a public call to Fasting, to allow God’s unconditional love for each human being—you, me, Palestinian, Israeli—to come through more purely, more intensely for all who suffer this horror in Gaza. The greater love and energy of God must empty me out, all of us who choose to fast, to be better, stronger, larger receptacles for God’s grace and love to pass to the Palestinians and to all involved in the peace negotiations.
This first week of liquid-only-fasting (or any form of fasting meaningful to you) is not meant to be a political statement. This week of fasting is not begging any admiration or pity from anyone. It is begging for truth and justice to drive our country’s relationships with Israel and Palestine.
Please join me if possible for any part of this liquid-only-fast or for the whole fast beginning Sunday July 27 1:00pm. until Sunday August 3 1:00pm. If anyone wants support or more conversation about this effort please call sr. Paulette 419.447.0435 ext. 136.
There will be a prayer hour on Tuesday 7:00 pm. in St. Francis Chapel for justice and peace and end to all violence in Gaza. Please join us for any/all of the hour. Most of the hour will be in silent prayer.
If you will be joining in on this fast on any level, please respond (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I will try to write once or twice to you during this time with pertinent material or articles on the situation. Thank you.
Sr. Paulette Schroeder osf/Tiffin