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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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9/11: Creating the Seeds of Compassion

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

When reflecting on 9/11, I remember a time of great pain and great love, a time of faith and testing, of endings and beginnings. The sky was the bluest I can remember, in contrast to the grayness of the events to come.

Soon after the second plane hit the second twin tower I joined members of the Kentucky Council of Churches for a scheduled meeting. The previously planned agenda was ignored. We shared tears, prayers, silence and fears. What happened at that meeting carried on in the days to come—compassion and gentleness with those around us. Wherever I went I heard people on cell phones saying ‘I love you’ to parents, spouses and friends. There was a sense of urgency to reach out and make certain that people knew we cared.

Dominican Garage Sales Are Fun and Profitable!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dateline: Great Bend Kansas on a sunny Saturday!

Dominican Women Afire

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sometimes there are events in our lives that deeply touch our hearts and engage our minds and we cannot wait to tell the ones we love all about them! Over the Labor Day Weekend, 13 of us had such an experience in San Antonio, Texas, where we prayed, listened, and deliberated with over 130 other Dominican Sisters in our formation cohort from around the country. This event was named - Dominican Women Afire!

In the days ahead, after we have had some more time to reflect on what we experienced, we hope to share more with you about this San Antonio gathering. We will want to solicit your thoughts and glean your wisdom and insights about ideas that surfaced there for how we all may with Spirit-fed vitality continue to offer our "common treasure"—Dominican Life and Mission—as an OP Family in this 21st Century.

When You Have Said Shalom, You’ve Said it All

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Many thanks to Sr. Jan Schlichting for her fine sharing of Pope Francis's writings on the homily.

Today I resume excerpts from Walter Brueggemann’s book, Peace.

Peacemaking in Daily Life

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

At a recent fund raising dinner for Interfaith Paths to Peace I had the privilege of hearing a reflection on "how I go about peacemaking in my daily life." There were many creative examples of furthering peacemaking in one’s everyday life. I would like to share a few.

Widen your circle. No one is a stranger. We are all just branches of the same tree. When I help you, I am helping myself. This is true, but difficult to see unless we are willing to look deeper and see our common roots. Genetically we are 99.5% the same. Let's build on that circle.

Keep a good question in front of you. A good question focuses our attention without closing off discovery. What does compassion want for ______________ (name of your city/town). Sit with that question for a lifetime.

"SBNR"... A Growing Population

Thursday, August 28, 2014

There is a growing group of individuals who describe themselves as "spiritual but not religious" (SBNR). Though the phrase can have different meaning for each individual, it generally means that the person sees themselves as spiritual people, but they do not subscribe to organized religious traditions. With its own Facebook page and website, the SBNR phrase seems to resonate with a good number of people, especially in the younger generation who are seeking deeper meaning and spirituality in their lives, but have become disillusioned with traditional religion for a variety of reasons.

Pope Francis on Preaching, Part IV

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pope Francis concludes with three intertwining topics: Personalizing the Word, Lectio Divina, and an Ear to the People. In Personalizing the Word and Lectio Divina he makes it clear that we must allow the scripture to "penetrate (our) thoughts and feelings." Not only must we attentively walk through the Word but we must allow the Word to walk through us. People want to hear the Good News from a witness, or as put by homiletic writer George Sittler, someone who comes "still trembling from the encounter with the Word." Although we are humbled, even tempted to silence by our flaws, we keep "growing and wanting to grow,

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.

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