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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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Women Face Extremists with Promise

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mossarat Qadeem, Executive Director of PAIMAN ("Promise") Alumni Trust, does not make the nightly news or the front page of The New York Times, despite the fact she has worked miracles in Pakistan. She works every day promoting sociopolitical and economic empowerment of marginalized Pakistanis, keeping families together. Her goal: turning young Pakistani boys away from extremism.

Peace-Full: A Journey in Prayer

Monday, July 7, 2014

Michael Hurley, OP, stated that "Prayer is simply talking to God. Just as there are many ways of conversing with a friend, so too there are various ways in which we pray." (The Four Pillars of Dominican Life, 2005) And Henri Nouwen insisted that "Prayer is living. It is eating and drinking, action and rest, teaching and learning, playing and working. God is wherever we are, always reaching out, always drawing us near, ever revealing an unending love for us." (With Open Hands, 1975)

Independence Day 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 4, 2014, will mark the 238th anniversary of the birth of America as an independent nation. Its founding document proclaims the principle that all people are endowed with certain rights that include, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," as written in the document which declared our independence 238 years ago. And whether people came to this country by choice or other circumstances—they were, none the less, immigrants and laborers—who built this nation that became a symbol within the global community as a "land of golden opportunity." But as we prepare to once again celebrate the blessings that we enjoy as Americans, who are a "melting pot" of cultures and ethnicities, I find myself reflecting on our current national immigration crisis.

Moms Demand Action

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Good things happen when a group of mothers determine to act on behalf of families. These moms have decided that the gun culture in the United States is a threat to their families and families everywhere and are acting to change that culture.

A recent headline read: "Moms Wholesome Win: Chipotle says "No Guns!" When extremists brought semi-automatic guns into a Dallas-area restaurant, Moms went to work and gathered 10,000 names on a petition in just a few hours. In less than 48 hours Chipotle Mexican Grill responded: "…we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel."

Speak, I’m Listening

Monday, June 30, 2014

It's a noisy world out there. The microwave and the dryer keep us posted on their progress. Siri answers our questions. And the lady in the GPS tells us where to go. And those are the just noises we ask to hear. Add to those sounds, the noises of traffic, our televisions and radios and, of course, other people and you have a very noisy world, indeed.

While it is true that God is always speaking to our hearts, it takes a special effort to quiet ourselves enough to hear that "still small voice" ( 1 Kings 19: 13).

We are the Body of Christ

Thursday, June 26, 2014

From Rome, Sao Paulo, Hong Kong, and New Haven, CT to Niskayuna, NY an ancient yet ever new ritual stopped traffic and gathered the faithful in Eucharistic Processions for the Feast of Corpus Christi last Sunday. Were you there?

I was in Niskayuna, NY, at our Dominican Retreat and Conference Center as we watched the procession of men and women walking slowly onto the property with Father carrying a monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament. Attendants with candles walked in front and behind him. Singing and praying they had walked the mile from our parish, St. Kateri to the Retreat House.

Shalom for "Haves" and "Have-Nots" Continued

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I am not urging one worldview over the other. My topic is shalom. I am suggesting that there is ample evidence in the Bible for two very different views of shalom.

Justice in the Workplace Still an Elusive Goal

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life." - Jane Addams

In 1963, when President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, women earned 59 cents for every dollar a man made for doing identical work. Today women who do the same type of work as men earn 77 cents for every dollar a male worker earns. This clear form of gender discrimination should be a no brainer, but isn't. Progress for women moves in inches and has become a political football.

Stories of our Lives

Monday, June 23, 2014

Every one of us has a story to tell, a book that tells our personalized story of grace. It is a unique first edition story. It is also incomplete, with, hopefully, many blank pages yet to fill. We may think our story is dull and ordinary, that we are ones who just plod along quietly and unknown; NO ONE would ever publish our story and it is not destined to be a best seller or movie.

Have we ever considered that our personal "text" is DIVINELY and lovingly co-authored? Will we then look back over the previous chapters of our life with new eyes and a newfound interest? Do we realize that our Ghost-writer is GOD and then really take a look at how He has fashioned us?

Our story line is unique and incredibly rich with the Spirit of God flowing through the very fibers of our being.

Dream Great Dreams!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

"A person is a product of their dreams. So make sure to dream great dreams.
And then try to live your dream." - Maya Angelou

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