It feels like, to me, such a while ago since our meeting together in San Antonio, TX. Living in Columbus, I have been witnessing the autumn leaves combust into various beautiful colors. All of this is such a fabulous grace and gift to us from God. Sometimes I/we may take for granted this blushing wonder. So too, our ministries, various Community activities, family and friends, fittingly encroach on our already rationed time. But I wish to prompt us to keep our Flames Afire time in our hearts and the core of our being; like a steady campfire which reflects our love for God as well as God’ love for us. We need to keep talking, to rehearse collaboration, even if it only begins in many smaller ways, until we can again forge ahead as Dominican Sisters Afire!
I present to you today the words of Fr. Don Snyder of St. Ladislas Parish in Westlake, OH. One of the permanent deacon candidates called it to my attention and it is too good to miss. Do see the exhibit of the St. John's Bible is you have the opportunity. The homily is shared with Dr. Don's gracious permission.
If you have noticed people wearing purple ribbons during October, they are working to bring awareness to domestic violence and all who suffer from its effects. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence initiated Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October 1981, with a goal of connecting battered women’s advocates across the country who were working to end violence against women and their children. Programs mourned those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrated those who have survived and connected those who work to end violence. One of the most important actions coming in 1989 was establishing a toll-free hotline.
"I experience prayer in silence, in births, deaths, sickness, health, family, friends, nature, poetry, music, books, art, children, strangers, Taize, church, stars, mornings, sunsets, the moon, orchids." Associate Karen Raccuia – August 2011 Personal Commitment Form Statement
The Northeast Ohio Associates and Sisters gathered yesterday for the Second Annual Fall Festival luncheon. Initially the mood became somber as the word spread throughout the room that Associate Karen Raccuia had died the night before under hospice care. It was difficult to believe that Karen just one year ago had designed and implemented this successful social and fundraising event.
Now what does mentoring young women and men as leaders for PEACE have to do with fishing?
I am an unlikely one to ask or answer this question because I’m not much for catching fish—the kind found in ponds. I admire those who can do it, and I respect the connection they have with nature and the contemplative time they find in the process, but truth be told, it’s just too hard for me to bait a hook with a live worm, and then actually touch the fish once caught, not to mention scaling and filleting! (My apologies to all ‘fisher people’ out there--I am such a wimp!)
As by now, most Americans have seen coverage, extensive and from various angles of the events leading up to and after the death of Michael Brown. So I will not be blogging to the obvious, but what I would like to do is to take a look at this event from a different perspective.
Scripture, Vatican II and Bruno Cadore, OP issued the call and challenge.
"I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions." - Joel 3:1
"The laity live in the ordinary circumstances of family and social life. They are there called by God, that by exercising their proper functions and led by the spirit of the Gospel, they may work for the sanctification of the world from within as a leaven." - Lumen Gentium, 31
I am in awe of people who know what to say in any circumstance. They always remember people’s names, the names of all of their children and where they last went on vacation. They are also able to pull various topics out of their hat (whether or not they have a hat) and can be sought out as scintillating conversationalists. I've met people like this and try to learn from them through observation and also direct interrogation.
Recently I was at a dinner for young women who are discerning their call to religious life. I met a Sister there who is the epitome of the expert conversationalist. What I saw was someone who was genuinely interested in meeting and getting to know the other at the event. She made eye contact, greeted each person warmly and when she talked to you it was as if there was no one else in the room. It is what I think meeting Jesus would be like.
(Brueggemann, p. 44) Paul reflected a long time on slavery and freedom. He did not think there are a lot of little slaveries, but that they are all of piece, and we can name them. He called them "elemental spirits": "We are enslaved to the elemental spirits of the world" (Galatians 4:3) and "If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world?" (Colossians 2:20). This may sound primitive today because most people do not believe that way. But even if we are more sophisticated, we still know that the powers that coerce us are powerful and alive, and for some reason we are not free to lives our lives ward joy. We spend our time crying, satisfying others, measuring up, meeting quotas.
Riparian buffers are both a part of and a means of caring for creation. As such they have become a common conservation practice. They are vegetative areas usually forested near a stream that provide shade to cool the water thus increasing habitat quality for aquatic life. They, also, partially protect associated streams, rivers and lakes from nearby land use.
Buffers provide environmental benefits by improving water quality and reducing pollution. They intercept sediments and pesticides that are detrimental to aquatic habitats and harmful to aquatic life. The also serve to prevent bank erosion which can lead to siltation which can damage reservoirs and dams.