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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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Show Me Your Friends, and I'll Tell You Who You Are!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

"Show me your friends, and I'll tell you who you are!" My mother was a treasure trove of such sayings, and while I cannot remember the particular circumstances that prompted her proclaiming this one to me, it obviously made an impression. Kids have a new "best friend" every week to be sure, and parents fear their kids will fall in with the "wrong crowd." Perhaps that's why my mom was exhorting me. I find that my mom's 'sayings' still influence my life and ministry and come back to me when I least expect them. I can’t call them up cold, but they pop into my head at opportune times, and this saying is on my mind today. There is something true in it - our friends do reveal something about us—something about who we are at our core, and about what we value.

A Call from Idolatries

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Brueggemann, Peace: pp. 50-51—Jesus presented to people the possibility of living free lives—not driven or frantic, but living responsibly where they found themselves. But the end of coercion in their lives also required the end of fragmentation. And he announced that the end of fragmentation was possible as he called people away from idolatries, as his tradition had always done: No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. - Matthew 6:24

"Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
- Luke 12:33-34

We Become What We Hate

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

After the United States Select Committee on Intelligence released its report last week, reaction was swift and passionate. The Seattle Times described the 500 page summary report of atrocities as "cringe-worthy sadism, done in the name of national security that ranks among America's most sickening actions."

Fear and anger are natural consequences of the 9/11 attack on the United States. For many citizens the response was one of sacrifice and generosity - our better angels were on display. Political leaders and CIA authorities ignored their better angels and determined to do whatever deemed necessary to punish Al Quaeda and end terrorists' threats. After 9/11 international laws were ignored.

Associate Advent Reflections

Monday, December 15, 2014

Spiritually Nourished
by Associate Marybeth Auletto, OPA
Forty-seven Sisters and Associates attended this year's Advent service in Columbus, OH, prepared by new Associates Kathy Kehnast and Rose Deffet. In keeping with the liturgical theme, we prayed, sang, and reflected on readings that spoke of Jesus' coming...and coming again. Each time I attend one of these events, I come away more relaxed and spiritually nourished. I also enjoy meeting and reconnecting with Associates and Sisters. We are blessed to be in a community that values spirituality through small group study and reflection. Thank you again to all who planned and participated in this peaceful event.

Advent – A Time for Reverence, Awe, and Wonder

Thursday, December 11, 2014

"The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you: they are unique manifestations of the human spirit."
- Wade Davis

As I watch the news these days, I am touched by the pain of so many in our country and in our world. Differences in perspectives and differences in realities can often lead to destructive and violent behaviors toward those who do not share the same model of reality. Even in my personal relationships, I can sometimes be less patient with those who share an opinion different from my own.

Unity and Freedom

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Brueggemann, Peace: pp. 49 and 50 - The promise of the Gospel is that we may be both free and united. That is the substance of shalom...That is an enormous promise, the one people in our time are waiting to hear. The promise of freedom is powerful to those who live coerced lives and are cut off from joy. The promise of unity is powerful to folks who are cut off from other people and from their own lives, who are frenzied and frantic because of their fragmentation (Reminiscent of what is going on now with the situation of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, et.al.—MA). As one reflects on the promise of freedom and unity and on the problem of coercion and fragmentation, the intersection of the two become clear...It is when we are fragmented in the hopeless effort to serve too many gods and honor too many priorities that we are coerced.

Looking In

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I live on the other side of murder. I have not lost a loved to murder...yet. I do not turn away from the "M" word. I cannot run from the experience of knowing the people behind the stories.

Being part of the Central Ohio Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children/Other Homicide Victims Survivors (POMC) has put me in touch with dimensions of grief that most will never experience: the dreaded phone call and reporters; law enforcement, coroners, prosecutors and defense attorneys; plea bargains and trials, sentences and convictions; appeals and parole blocks; and a judicial system that doesn't always mete out justice—and that's if the killer is apprehended. I continue to learn more than I ever wanted about "murder" issues; but this is the life of a survivor of a homicide victim(s). And I am there to support them.

An Advent/Winter Prayer for New Sight

Monday, December 8, 2014

"Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him,'What do you want me to do for you?' He replied, 'Lord, please let me see.' Jesus told him, 'Have sight; your faith has saved you.'"
- Luke 18:35-43

This morning I woke to the first full snow fall of 2014. I was surprised at the wave of joy that overtook me when I opened the blinds and saw trees draped in their finest white; a blackbird burrowed in its self made snow fortress waiting for the wind to blow the last piece of seed from the feeder; an upended basketball hoop once an eyesore now a layered sculpture witness to the silenced memories of piercing screams of joy and defeat.

Francis (aka "@Pontifex") has sent you a Friend Request

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Really! He has sent each of us a friend request with his letter proclaiming the beginning of the Year of Consecrated Life. He even signed it like a friend would, "Francis." That was all. With real friends their name is enough. In this simple act, he has drawn us all into his circle of friends.

Unity and Right-mindedness

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Brueggemann, Peace, pp. 49: The lack of unity we face lies not only between groups in our society but in the schizoid posture we come to take for granted in our own lives, so that in our carefully delineated roles, we are like the man possessed with a demon whose name was Legion (Mark 5:2-9). The Gospel wills us not to live that kind of life. After Jesus casts out the demon, the Gospel reports: They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. (Mark 5:15) This is what Jesus does and what the church might be doing. He takes this man with a scattershot life and restores him to unity concerning his person. Notice the translation: "right mind." And notice also that when the others saw it, they were afraid. The world is afraid of right-minded—that is, single-minded—people.

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