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A Night to Comfort with Tender Talk

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Isaiah 9:2-7; Titus2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20
(Part VI of VI in the Advent/Christmas sermon series)

Let us pray: May the words of my mouth and the meditations of each one of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our rock and our salvation. Amen.

Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like a full-blown chastising, footnoted memo addressed from the Boss to all the senior executives at the Annual Staff Christmas Party. If you have never experienced such a Christmas "bash," count your blessings. It may mean that you are not a Cardinal in the Roman Curia.

The Enlightened One

Sunday, March 23, 2014

John 4:5-42
Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water." ...Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the word of the woman.

Preaching for the Funeral of Bridget Major

Monday, February 17, 2014

Following are the spoken words for Dominican Sister of Peace Sr. Jeanne Moore, preached at the funeral of Sr. Bridget Major on February 17, 2014, at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel in St. Catharine, Kentucky. Click here for a printable PDF file of this homily.

Last month, as Sr. Bridget Major's death seemed imminent, I was drawn to re-read the first few pages of a short story by Wendell Berry titled "Fidelity."

Homily: Welcoming Ana Gonzalez as a Candidate

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Following are the spoken words of Vocations Minister Sr. Pat Twohill on the occasion of the Rite of Entrance of Ana Gonzalez, officially welcomed to the Dominican Sisters of Peace as a candidate on January 18, 2014.

Knock, knock! (Lightly)

Can you hear it? At first it may seem faint, but the "one who stands and knocks" is persistent, and not easily deterred, and the decibel level rises for those who have ears to hear.

Knock, knock! (More loudly)

Christmas Eve 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Following are the spoken words of Sr. Mary Catherine Hilkert as preached at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Akron Motherhouse Chapel on Christmas Eve 2013. The readings were Isaiah 9:1-6; Titus 2:11-14; and Luke 2:1-14.

Tonight – in the dead of winter –
in a land of gloom,
a light has shone.
TODAY is born a Savior – even here, even now.

We can be forgiven our doubts: CAN IT REALLY BE TRUE?
This is the same gospel where Mary expressed them for us
      when the angel-preacher Gabriel visited her:

Homily for the Funeral of Sr. Mary Della Quinn

Friday, November 8, 2013

The following words were delivered by Sr. Mary Otho Ballard at the funeral for Sr. Mary Della Quinn on November 8, 2013, in St. Catharine, Kentucky.

In our congregation, as the Sisters know, we are invited to choose the readings for our funeral. I understand that Mary Della chose today's readings……..don't you think she had us in mind when she pondered what she wanted us to also ponder today? This is the thought I have as I invite you to listen once again to key phrases, and to allow the words to settle within you and then to hold one or two of them in silence before the Lord. After I share the phrases, I will be silent for a moment for your pondering.

All Saints Day Reflection

Friday, November 1, 2013

All Saints Day… What do I think about on all Saints Day? Well of course, living in the city of New Orleans, I think of no other than our amazing New Orleans Saints football team! I think of the mighty Drew Brees leading our team to victory and the loyal fans who cheer who him on! Black and Gold to the Superbowl, right? But unfortunately, today is not set aside for those saints. Today is set aside for the saints up above and the saints here on Earth. Many people, and I too, often think of the famous saints known for their ordinary deeds and extraordinary faith when it comes to All Saints Day. I think of Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower, who found love at the heart of everything she did; St. Thomas Aquinas, the Dumb Ox, who is one of the greatest theologians of all time known for his great work, Summa Theologia; and St.

Assembly 2013 - Joseph Story

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Lately, our liturgical readings have given us quite a few scenes from the story of Joseph. To the popular mind, this brings images of that delightful musical about Joseph and his many-colored coat where merchants on their way to Egypt are singing about buying shares in pyramids.

We're attuned to the more serious side of the story where Joseph is being sold to those same merchants as a slave on his way to Egypt to be in a strange land with a strange language. I have to ask, "What must Joseph have been thinking?" He, Joseph, the most favored son of his father Jacob, the grandson of Isaac, the great-grandson of Father Abraham, suddenly thrown into a cistern! And then sold by his jealous brothers as a slave! He must have been thinking, "Where is the God of his fathers? The God who PROMISED Abraham so many blessings.... Where is that God now?"

Preaching at First Congregational Church

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Good morning and Happy St. Patrick's day. Half of me says "Top o' the morning" and the other half says "guten morgen!" I am thrilled to be here to pray and worship among you once again. I want to thank Revs. Tim Ahrens and Jeannine Wilson and all of you for this focus on the beatitudes. There is a great need for us to revisit them in the world that is happening around us today. A good friend of mine from First Community Church sent me a quote by a Jesuit, Greg Boyle of Creighton University which says, "Scripture scholars say that the more exact translation (of the word beatitude) if you were to be really precise (if a little awkward) - wouldn't be 'blessed' or 'happy,' it would be, 'You're in the right place.' You are in the right place if you are merciful. You are in the right place if you struggle for justice.

“Experiencing Rally Day”

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Have you ever tried to explain Rally Day to a non-Dominican student? How many times have you tried to explain to your parents why you have to show them your cheer? Only to explain after that you are not just spastically sticking your hands up and pleading with them to believe that it looks so much cooler as a grade? Or sometimes, our friends try to classify Rally. "So it's like a Field Day?" "A Pep Rally?"  And it's none of the above. Rally Day is Rally Day. And what about our friends at other schools with their own versions of Rally? They always think they understand; but, unless you are right here, in this very gym, you'll never understand it. Rally Day cannot be explained. It can only be experienced.


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