Paul’s Perambulations

January 5, 2008

What’s the power of a sign or peace button in this Iraq War?

Filed under: Peace — admin @ 4:55 pm

Wearing a button or posting a window sign may seem like a small thing, but little things can stand out when no one else is doing anything.  Yesterday Fran and I attended Villanova University’s annual holiday social event.  I was wearing my two usual “peace” buttons on my jacket lapel.  One says “Faculty against the War” and the other is a cross connected to a peace sign (a symbol that Jesus is the Prince of Peace).  A considerable number of faculty commented favorably on these buttons, but with a certain resignation often accompanied by ”But what can anyone do?”  Well, you can wear a button yourself.  But no one seems to be ready to take even that simple step.

I made a point of speaking with Fr. Donohue, the President of the University.  His eyes went directly to my buttons when I approached (this is the usual response that I receive from most people).  I introduced myself, and he replied “I like your buttons.”  I said “Have you seen the sign in my window in Tolentine Hall?”   His reply  “I certainly have.”  I went on to explain that I had informed the Office of Mission Effectiveness about this, because the sign conforms to the Villanova Mission Statement.  If you want to know what the deal is about this sign, check my website http://www.peacefulways.com/ and search for Jesus.

So perhaps more people are noticing and thinking than seem to let on.  The best we can do is to let our lives speak.  I realize there are some things bigger than I am, but there is nothing too big to question and to plant a seed.

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  1. I’ve now spoken with quite a number of Villanovans about my sign, including Fr Donohue, Barbara Wall (Head of Mission Effectiveness), Robert Morro (Director for Facilities Management) and faculty at the Center for Peace and Justice Education. I see it as posing a thoughtful question, quite appropriate in the context of the Villanova Mission Statement. There are many signs in windows on campus – I believe mine is particularly appropriate for Villanova in light of its Christian identity.

    Comment by admin — January 8, 2008 @ 6:05 pm

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