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JESUIT PRIEST JOHN DEAR: PRACTICING NON-VIOLENCE

by Gerry McCarthy

Jesuit John Dear is a busy man. As a pastor, peace activist, chaplain, lecturer, and retreat leader his schedule takes him across North America. But over the past two decades he’s also found time to publish 20 books. His latest book, You will be My Witnesses: Saints, Prophets, and Martyrs was recently published by Orbis.
     When I reach Fr. Dear in Madrid, New Mexico, I ask him about St. Thérèse of Lisieux, who is among the 30 witnesses he selected for the book. "She probably would be dismissed by many peace and justice people," he says. "Because we assume she is the epitome of just being nice and that’s all you have to do. I disagree with that, and I’ve studied her extensively for 25 years."

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