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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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God Recycles! God made us out of dust!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Yesterday, Ash Wednesday, marked the beginning of Lent. As a cross of ash was traced on our forehead we heard the sobering words, "Remember, you are dust and unto dust you shall return."

Lent invites us to turn towards God again - taking stock of our lives - checking the coordinates on our life's GPS. Are we blindly following Siri or the voice of Google Maps? Now is the time to get out the "real map" and double check our direction in light of our ultimate end.

Wholly Giving

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Today Jesus asks his disciples if they still haven't "gotten" it yet: are they still hard of heart, whether they have eyes but cannot see; or ears but they do not hear. Scripture scholars who have studied the culture of the time call this the "eye-ear-heart" triangle. When these are mentioned together they refer to the totality of one's being, one's "all", one's personhood. We hear it similarly in "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and strength." Or as we will hear tomorrow, "Return to the Lord with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping and mourning." Our hearts, our eyes, our ears, ourselves. Jesus questions not just the disciples' figuring him out, but their commitment, the quality of their relationship, which they discover, as we do, is all about giving ourselves over to God, and opening our hearts in God's love, to others.

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.

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