Welcome to the Beatitudes Center for the Nonviolent Jesus!


Upcoming Zoom Programs:

“Hungry and Thirsty for Racial Healing: A New Way to See the Journey” with Dr. Catherine Meeks

Saturday October 14, 2023

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

“Peacemaking and Creation Spirituality Today” with Rev. Matthew Fox

Saturday November 11, 2023

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

“Thomas Merton and the Advent Message of Prayer, Peace & Hope” with Jonathan Montaldo

Saturday December 9, 2023

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

“The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.”
with Jonathan Eig, author of “King: A Life”

Saturday January 13, 2024


11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

“Mary Lou Kownacki’s Spirituality of Nonviolence” with Anne McCarthy

Saturday February 10, 2024

11 am Pacific, 12 PM Mountain, 1 PM Central, 2 PM Eastern

“The Gospel of Peace: Matthew, Mark and Luke from the Perspective of Nonviolence.” A Three Week Lenten Series with John Dear

Wed., Feb 21, 2024. Session #1 on Matthew

Wed., Feb 28, 2024. Session #2 on Mark

Wed., March 6, 2024. Session #3 on Luke

4 PM Pacific, 5 PM Mountain, 6 PM Central, 7 PM Eastern

Participants are encouraged to order the book at the special discount price. See info for details

Host Fr. John Dear on his 2024 Speaking Tour for his Forthcoming Orbis Book:

“The Gospel of Peace: A Commentary on Matthew, Mark and Luke from the Perspective of Nonviolence.”

For more info, click here

John Dear’s New Book

“The Gospel of Peace:
Reading Matthew, Mark & Luke
from the Perspective of Nonviolence”

For info, click here
To order discount copies at $20 each,
Call Orbis Books at 1-800-258-5838 and give them the special code: “JDT”
To invite John Dear to speak in your city, write to: john@beatitudescenter.org 

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Quote for the Day: 

“Let us make nonviolence, both in daily life and in international relations, a guide for our actions. And let us pray for a greater diffusion of the culture of nonviolence, which involves the lesser use of weapons, both by States and by citizens.
–Pope Francis,
a few weeks ago, when he called the church to make this
month a month of prayer for nonviolence

Quote for the Day: 

“We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society… A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death…Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and military.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

October 3, 2023

Dear friends of the Beatitudes Center, Blessings of peace to you!

“There is never any reason to denigrate another human being,” says Dr. Catherine Meeks, “and this is what we all have to teach. It is non-negotiable.”

I think she’s right—that the message at the heart of Gospel, the meaning of our humanity, is a call to universal love which means, for starters, that we can never harm anyone ever again. The Sermon on the Mount offers a broad vision of total nonviolence as a way of life where we see that every human being is equal, every human being is a child of God, every human being is a sister or brother. Once we step into that vision of Gospel nonviolence, we can never hurt or kill another human being ever again, or sit on the sidelines while so many are suffering and so much hate, war, and destruction continues legally in our names.

The Gospel invites us to welcome God’s reign of universal love and total nonviolence every day, and that means, we do our little part to end poverty, sexism, gun violence, executions, war, nuclear weapons, and environmental destruction. And racism. In other words, we’re all on a journal of healing—the healing of ourselves, one another, and creation.