How would you answer this provocative question? At our recent congregational Assembly, more than 300 Dominican Sisters of Peace and Associates gathered for several days to ponder our response to this question for 2016 and beyond. We came together in prayer, contemplation and celebration. We came to dialogue about how the wisdom of the Spirit was moving us as individual Sisters and as a congregation :sent to preach the Gospel in every season.” We came to discern individually and collectively how we are being called to contribute effectively in light of challenges in today’s world. As followers of Christ, we all must ask and find the answer to this essential question. Continue reading →
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Is there something I can do about the recent senseless acts of violence against black men and against the police? I ask myself: is there something I can do? Is there something you can do? Frankly, I’m not sure. I pray, I sign petitions calling for comprehensive and sensible gun control. I like Facebook pages that express solidarity. But really, can I do anything? Can you?
I hope so. I want to understand more deeply my own complacency in the rampant racism that continues to tear us apart as a nation. As a woman who is white, privileged, highly educated and admittedly quite isolated from the poverty of our world, I’m looking for a way to break out of my own ivory tower. It’s not easy and I am not sure I want to. It’s so comfortable in here, safe and without fear.
What has deep pockets, tremendous influence in state legislatures around the country and Congress, and an agenda that is diametrically opposed to Catholic social teaching? If you answered the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) you are correct. ALEC gets around 98% of its funding from corporations such as the Koch Industries.
Concerned citizens around the country are asking state policy makers and Senate and House representatives in the U.S. Congress to raise the minimum wage, enact workplace reform– including sick days, support the right to organize and address climate change. Roadblocks across the country continue because of ALEC’s well-heeled members: Exxon/Mobil, AT&T, Wal Mart, Koch brothers and Coca Cola, to name a few.
Everyone knew that the theme of the 2016 Assembly for the Dominican Sisters and Associates was “Sent to Preach the Gospel in Every Season.” But it was in the unfolding of the theme that a question surfaced which remained with me throughout the weekend. The question posed by our speakers in different ways was: “What is being asked of you (me) at this time?” Sr. Pat Twohill, OP reminded us that 800 years ago, St. Dominic lived a new moment in history and knew “it was all about the preaching.” He discovered his mission and the new order emerged.
As Cleveland, Ohio prepares to welcome thousands of attendees to the Republican National Convention (RNC), the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in collaboration with the Cleveland Collaborative against Human Trafficking, actively supported efforts to prevent sexual exploitation and rescue victims of human trafficking during the Second S.O.A.P Up the R.N.C.
The event, led by S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution), hosted an informative seminar regarding sex trafficking and the heart breaking testimony of sex trafficking survivor and S.O.A.P.’s founder Teresa Flores.