Undergrads and graduate students alike moan, "I feel so blogged out!" and "It's so refreshing to have a class without a Power Point Presentation!" Sound familiar? Maybe it's not just the "Digital Immigrants" like me who at times feel overwhelmed being digitally connected, but also the GenXers and Millenials, the so-called "Digital Natives," who even though they have grown up with the social media, sometimes just need a break from it. While most of us respect the power of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., we also long at times to be untethered, so we may more easily locate that place of inner peace and solitude where we can actually discern God's loving voice.
As with most things that challenge us, balance seems to be the secret to success. Commentators still say about St. Dominic that he stood "in medio Ecclesiae" - in the "middle of the Church" he loved. And that's where we, Dominican Sisters of Peace, who follow Jesus in the footsteps of St. Dominic, also desire to stand. Can we balance being digitally connected and disconnected? Jesus invited his followers to deep communion with him. He said, "I am the vine and you are the branches." Jn. 15:5 Jesus' sublime social network, the Mystical Body of Christ, long predates Facebook, and still invites us to communion with our Triune God.
So, is it possible to "Like" Jesus and to join his Network without sacrificing all of our other social connections? And where can I find this "Like" Jesus button? Explore Dominican spirituality! That's my best advice. Dominican Spirituality, Gospel based and incarnational, clearly spotlights the contemplative life - one of its greatest treasures, attracting many to identify with the Dominican charism. Also, spend a little time navigating this website to locate possible retreat opportunities that may fit your schedule (see Events). Dominican Sisters of Peace have Retreat and Conference Centers around the country that offer many opportunities for spiritual growth.
Women considering vowed life as a Dominican Sister of Peace also report that "Contemplative Prayer," stands out to them as an attractor. Click here to read details about an up-coming Vocation "Come and See Retreat" to be held over Labor Day weekend. A few spaces are still available. If you are discerning a religious vocation, it may be just the experience you are looking for.