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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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Gender and Hunger

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

In their annual report, Bread for the World states: "Discrimination against women is a major cause of persistent hunger. Women are the primary agents the world relies on to fight hunger. Discrimination is the reason women are paid less than men, have lower levels of education and fewer assets, and have to spend more time on unpaid care. Thus, development policies and programs that empower women contribute directly to ending hunger."

Every year Bread for the World provides a clear and comprehensive report on hunger, its causes and solutions. The plight of women living in poverty and denied basic human rights remains a cornerstone of the problem, and the need for a change in attitude toward women remains an ongoing challenge.

Reflecting on Scripture and Living the Gospel

Monday, February 16, 2015

"To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the Gospel that I may share with them in its blessings."
-  1 Corinthians 9:22-23

The season of Lent begins this week and with it yet another opportunity to reflect on Scripture and the essential messages we can take into our hearts and minds. Recent Sunday readings from Job 7 and 1 Corinthians 9 reminded me of several realities of my spirituality.

Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace are Called to "Go Forth To Praise, To Bless, To Preach"

Thursday, February 12, 2015

To Praise, to Bless, and to Preach is the Mission of the Dominican Order. It is our mission as Dominicans of Peace to do so always and in all ways.

This mission resonated with my heart as I prayed to discern God's call to the Religious Life as a Dominican Sister. I had no idea how it would be played out in my life. To be honest, I didn't think I had the gifts to do it very well. However, over the years God has drawn gifts out of me I did not know that I had in order to praise, bless, and preach. As I reflect on each of these admonitions, I invite you to consider how God may be calling you to embody this mission in some way - especially during Lent.

"Let-my-people-go" Is Now In Charge

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Brueggemann, Peace: pp. 57-58 - Brickyards always seem to envelop us and everybody thought that it had to be like that. The slaves and the owners. But the Bible, the announcement of shalom, raises an unheard of question.... It could have been Moses or anybody with any name, because what counted is what he said: "Let my people go." That is what he said. And the moment it was said, the brickyard was changed. And it will never be the same again. That is the good news, good news for the slaves, but also for the foreman. The brickyard has been completely transformed by that announcement: "Let my people go!" That is the beginning of shalom.

In the Name of Religion

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The most recent horrific actions of ISIS make watching the news extremely difficult. From beheadings to setting a human on fire, torturing, raping and killing children and strapping explosives on mentally challenged children, making them suicide bombers, ISIS rage seems to know no bounds. It is challenging to get beyond the brutal, barbaric actions of extremists to understand the why of such actions. Religion is a pretense used to serve as a reason for such action. ISIS will cite the U.S. initiating a war against Iraq, torturing Muslims at Guantanamo Bay, using drones that have killed many civilians, as well as having a military base in a holy site in Saudi Arabia as reasons for a "holy war." Regardless of reasons given, there is no justification for torture. It is, however, important to understand the validity of the complaints and outrage expressed.

Choose Peace and Nonviolence - Moment by Moment

Monday, February 9, 2015

Last Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Leonard Desroches, Allow the Water was quoted in the PACE e BENE e-mail I receive as a daily inspiration to keep me on track with my personal choice to live nonviolence:

"The time is ripe for discovering how 'real' is the alternative culture of nonviolence. As a way to begin, we need to ask if on a daily basis we can nurture a spirituality which can survive a traffic jam without getting sucked into disrespect for the anonymous driver in the car in front of us; or lose a job without sliding into despair; or encounter others' sexual, racial and class differences without prejudice; or be shoved and pulled by seductive ads and yet freely decide what we need and don't need."

A Snow Day’s Gift

Thursday, February 5, 2015

On the morning of the "big storm" which recently visited the East coast, one of the Sisters with whom I live overslept. While she and I were taking delight in the fact that she had caught a few extra zzzzz's, we realized that she had slept so soundly because it was so QUIET around us. The soft, wet snow had blanketed the Earth, and our yard not only was covered in an ermine cloak of beauty, but also with effective SOUNDPROOFING. The peaceful silence was most welcome.

Moving In and Out of Brickyards

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Brueggemann, Peace: pp. 56-57 — As stated last week, the brickyard is a place of competent production where the production schedule is taken with great seriousness. It is also a place of coercion and profit. It is profit for the people who own and sell the bricks and set the production schedule. But for the people who make the bricks, it is a place of coercion. That is, they are there to meet other people’s standards, to knuckle under others’ demands. Here there is no zone of freedom, not even a hint of a break in the heat of the day. The gap between the people of profit and the people who are coerced is not an accident of the system, but is built into the design of the system. Most often the story of the brickyard is put out in company literature. Remarkably the biblical story of the brickyard is told from the perspective of the coerced.

The Seduction of Payday Loans

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cash Cow, Payday Plus, Fast Buck. These are just a few of the predatory lenders or "loan sharks" that continue to prey on the working poor around the United States. The stories are similar: a pharmacy tech in Virginia borrowed $800 to pay bills, car loan, etc. She managed eight $50 fee payments and another $280 toward the balance, for a total of $680; however, interest at $212 a month brought her repayment to $1,249.

Earl Milford lives on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico and depends on a civil service pension and veterans disability benefit check. He spends $1,500 each month to lenders just to cover the interest on what he intended to be a "short-term" loan.

We Must Become the Messengers

Monday, February 2, 2015

"My good friends, we never try to tell the tale to make people weep. It is too easy. We do not want pity. If we decide to tell the tale, it is because we want the world to be a better world – just a better world and learn and remember. There is a frightening character in Kafka's stories. It is always the messenger who tried to deliver the message and is unable to do so. We feel sorry for the poor messenger – but there is something more tragic than that. When the messenger has delivered the message and nothing has changed. The messenger has delivered the message. What is our role? We must become the messengers. Messengers."
 - Elie Wiesel, Yad Vashem, March 2005

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