Pop-Up Catechesis: Understanding Peace

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

Scripture tells us that, when Jesus was born, the angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.” (Luke 2:13–14) In fact, in many of our Christmas carols, we sing of peace:

  • “Sleep in heavenly peace.” (“Silent Night”)
  • “And praises sing to God the king, and peace to men on earth.” (“O Little Town of Bethlehem”)
  • “His law is love and His gospel is peace.” (“O Holy Night”)
  • Peace on earth and mercy mild…” (“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”)
  • “And wild and sweet the words repeat, of peace on earth, good will to men.” (“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”)
  • Peace on the earth, good will to men, from heaven’s all gracious King.” (“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”)

Since the coming of Jesus Christ has a lot to do with peace, it should give us pause to think about what our understanding of peace is! In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore the biblical understanding of peace.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

2 Comments on Pop-Up Catechesis: Understanding Peace

  1. Great point about peace being in alot of Christmas Carols. And at this time of year and the issues we are facing in this world, its very important to bring this point across to Children and the Adults.

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