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Dominican Sisters of Peace is a US-based congregation of Catholic Dominicans that includes about 600 Sisters and 500 Associates living and serving in 37 states and in eight additional countries. As part of the worldwide Order of Preachers (Order of St. Dominic), the Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace strive to preach the Gospel of Christ Jesus through word and action, serving God's people in many ministerial areas, including education, health care, spirituality, pastoral care, prison ministry, and care of creation, among others.

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Tis the Season...for Prayer and Action

Monday, November 24, 2014

As I was listening to music this morning, a song came on with heavy lyrics about the cross. I clicked ahead, saying to myself, "This is almost Advent – they'll be time for that during Lent." However, for many, this will not be a season of joy:

"I admit, this is the time of year I used to love. Snuggling with my boys under blankets on the couch while we watched holiday movies, baking gingerbread cookies, and hoping for snow. Now, I approach this time of year with a level of dread."

"Taking the Long View"

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our life time only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work."

(Excerpt from "A Future Not Our Own" by Bishop Ken Untener)

The World is Intended for Unity

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Brueggemann, Peace: pp. 47 & 48—Whereas the Jesus texts were much more about freedom, Paul reflects much on unity. The central text of most of our current thinking about shalom is in Ephesians. Paul [or his disciples] writes. Remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenant of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of two, thus making peace (Ephesians 2:12-15).

Making Eye Contact

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Recently I received word that a former co-worker from Chicago died. As tributes arrived, I was moved by one that described his devotion to the homeless. He was always prepared to meet homeless men and women on the street, giving them hats and gloves. In Chicago winters they are vital! He also carried $5 McDonalds gift cards, perhaps providing the only food for the day.

He made eye contact! I say that because that often does not happen with many people. It is easy, on a busy day, to walk on by. Perhaps the most important response is to make eye contact, even if we don’t give a donation. Unfortunately, the homeless are not disappearing; in fact, 610,042 people experience homelessness on any given day in the United States. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 23% of the homeless population are children.

The reasons for homelessness are many:

Our Annual Mission Bazaar – More Than a Grand Reunion of Sisters and Associates

Monday, November 17, 2014

Each year for the past 50-60 years, as hunters head to Kansas for the opening of Pheasant Season on the second Saturday of November, other cars head to the Great Bend Dominican Motherhouse for our Annual Mission Bazaar. Throughout the year across the country Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace, many of their family members, and friends work on colorful and creative handmade items to be sold there to benefit our Daughter Congregation--the Nigerian Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine, and their missions, as well as to assist persons in need among us here at home.

It Is Good that We Are Here. Rise and Have No Fear!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

This past week, the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) held its Convocation in Chicago where this professional organization for Vocation Ministers began 25 years ago. Happy Jubilee, NRVC! The Transfiguration of Jesus was echoed in the convocation theme: It Is Good that We Are Here. Rise and Have No Fear!

Dominicans were very much 'there' sharing the fruits of their contemplation. Dominican Sisters of Peace attended along with Dominicans of Adrian, Amityville, Blauvelt, Mission San Jose, Sinsinawa, Sparkill, Springfield and St. Albert Province of Dominican Friars.

A New Reality

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Brueggemann, Peace: pp. 46&47—The unity theme is not as prominent in Jesus’ teaching as that of freedom, but it is there:

"I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd"
 - John 10:15-16

"And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself"
 - John 12:32

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Israeli foreign policy under its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been taking a tragic trajectory leading to moral decline and diplomatic isolation for the State and Jewish people. This is recognized currently by 106 senior Israeli security personnel who call upon him to initiate a diplomatic process based upon a regional framework for peace with Palestinians. Millions of Palestinians kept under Israeli military occupation for 60 years dehumanizes both peoples. Exclusionary apartheid laws, segregated roads and housing developments plus land confiscations, home demolitions, control of water and financial monies create resentment, anger, and the hopeless of violence for the Palestinians of Gaza and West Bank. Superiority, contempt, self-righteousness and loss of humanity afflict Israelis as they live in isolation from non-Jews in their country.

Take Off Your Shoes, You Are on Holy Ground

Monday, November 10, 2014

The day unfolds: We have all heard and reflected on the story of Moses and the burning bush. My short hand version of the story goes something like this…Moses saw a burning bush, was amazed, questioned, heard the voice of God and experienced connection. My question for myself as I reflected on the story today: If I take off my shoes what will I experience? What are my shoes a protection from? A barrier to? If I take off my shoes, what of my own biases and prejudices will I have to confront? What past learnings may I need to shed? And what connections will I be invited to create? If the ground I walk on is holy, what new part of the holy will I experience if I am actually flesh to ground? For someone who leaves her shoes at the door when she enters here home, this is will be a frequent reflection.

Are You Willing?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sisters and Associates, are you willing to welcome our new candidate, Margaret, support her with prayer, share your knowledge and experience with her, and receive her gifts?
Margaret, are you willing to participate in the prayer life of the Church with us?

Margaret, are you willing to enter into a study of Sacred Truth and our Dominican heritage?

Margaret, are you willing to share in the life of our community?

In the context of the Liturgy of the Hours these questions formed the basis of the agreement that our newest candidate, Margaret Uche, made with us and we with her. Her discernment continues as she now lives with us in community with three of our Sisters and another candidate.

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