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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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Victory Measured

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In the course of time Cain brought an offering to the Lord from the fruit of the soil, while Abel, for his part, brought one of the best firstlings of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not. Cain resented this and was crestfallen. When they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord asked Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" He answered, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?" - Genesis 4: 3-9

In Genesis we read the tragedy of Cain and Abel, a metaphor for violence in human history. Two sons, representing light and shadow, symbolize the light and shadow within every human.

Do You Have An Attitude of Gratitude?

Monday, August 25, 2014

This past weekend I attended the fourth annual Associates Retreat, "Peace-full: A Journey in Prayer," held at the Dominican Retreat and Conference Center in Niskayuna, NY. I didn't have to go far to get there because the retreat house is a five-minute drive from my home. It was an intense weekend filled with other Associate's personal experiences using different prayer styles. It wasn't a typical retreat with presentations, group discussions, and large gaps of time for individual prayer and reflection. But I was afforded the opportunity to experience some new options for personal prayer or enhance some I already use. I listened with no particular expectations from anyone. I was also able to meet or get reacquainted with Sisters and Associates of Peace from other areas; enjoy some delicious food; and participate in Liturgy.

We Walk a “Marginal Way”

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it."

Recently I was able to take some precious time away for retreat in the great state of Maine. One day, with another of our Sisters, I had an opportunity to walk along a very special path there called "The Marginal Way." This narrow path winds and stretches for a mile high up along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean where the views of the sea are pretty spectacular. There are some shaded spots along the path too with benches nestled between trees, trees that seem barely connected to the craggy rocks. These invite walkers—perhaps pilgrims—to pause and drink deeply of the beauty and majesty of God's creation.

Pope Francis on Preaching, Part III

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pope Francis suggests to us the kind of study and prayer which should be brought to preaching, and much of it is familiar to you. First, the call to contemplate: to take time,"a prolonged time of study, prayer, reflection, and pastoral creativity," with the passage itself in prayer and study, striving to grasp its original meaning and intent using the biblical research now available to us. Additionally and of equal importance, is the time one gives to contemplate the Word in light of the people with whom one ministers. He asks for a "broad and profound sensitivity to what effects peoples' lives." This leads the pope into a discussion of the principal message of the text, and the principal effect of the text as it comes from the author.

The People's March in New York City

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Every few minutes my e-mail is binging with yet another message on the September 21 People's Climate March in New York City, NY. This may be the "mother of all marches." According to those planning the march, hundreds of thousands of activists from around the country will take to the streets to share their concerns about the most critical social issue of our time. While it is important to make phone call, send e-mails and sign petitions to our legislators demanding action on climate change, nothing focuses the attention of those in power as a huge crowd of determined people calling for action.

From the demonstrations to end segregation in the 1960's and 70's to the "no nukes" movement of the 1970s and 80s, activists have worked relentlessly for a belief in what is right and urgent. The time for serious action on global climate change is now.

Preaching through Storytelling: Dominicans Go Where They Are Needed

Monday, August 18, 2014

This theme was quite evident as Dominican Associates and Sisters gathered at Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend, KS, August 8-10, for their Commitment Retreat. Marcia Berchek, Tammy Jones, Joan Dreher, Verlene Wilson and Ann Axman were received as new Associates. Sr. Jolene Geier opened our time together reflecting on Luke 10:38-42. Associates Russ and Connie Ginest shared how their hearts were changed working with Sr. Rita Schwarzenberger in Africa. Sr. Teresita Huse's enthusiasm and love for the Nigerian missions was highlighted in her comments.

Ngày Thánh Mẫu 2014 - Marian Days 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The candlelight procession around the Garden of Our Lady of Peace reminded me of those held each evening at the Grotto in Lourdes, France. Candles were carefully shielded with paper lanterns, rosaries swung from the hands of old and young alike and the voices of more than 40,000 pilgrims rose like incense before God. This Procession and Opening Mass marked the beginning of the 37th Annual Marian Days Festival.

I was unprepared for the swell of emotion I felt as I watched the people walk, sing, and pray with such joy and deep faith. I could feel God's presence with us as we walked along with them. In the background the crickets and tree frogs sang along on this muggy August night in Carthage, MO. It was as if all of creation was singing along.

Homily - Feast of St. Dominic 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Once upon a time, in the 13th century, Dominic visited the sisters at a convent near Rome, bringing with him a gift of spoons from Spain, one spoon for each sister. He had brought them personally from Spain, and presumably carried them across Europe himself. Actually, Dominic may have had his reasons for the gift. He was trying to persuade the sisters at Santa Maria outside of Rome to move to another convent, to St. Sixtus in Rome. The Pope wanted him to establish a reformed community. I don’t know if that was the motive for the gift giving, but it is often cited as an example of his tenderness.

The Hunger for Transparency Continues

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A tug of war continues between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA. The long awaited report on the Bush administration’s use of torture ("enhanced interrogation") following 9/11 has been made available to the committee. Just one problem—someone in the CIA has a very thick black magic marker to make it impossible to read key parts of the torture report. CIA officials stated that "only 15% of the document was "redacted," read, censored. They have eliminated key details that support the report’s findings and conclusions."

Dominican Associates of Peace Proclaim Their Commitments

Monday, August 11, 2014

"We, the Associates, in relationship with the Dominican Sisters of Peace, are called by God to become the Holy Preaching by promoting the liberating truth of the Gospel of Jesus, and collaborating with God for the transformation of all creation. In response to that call, I, as part of the world-wide Dominican Family, commit myself to the preaching mission of the Dominican Order. I will express the mission through a life rooted in prayer, study, community and ministry."
- Associates Statement of Commitment


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