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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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The Gifts of Epiphany

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Seeing the star, the Magi said: "Let us search for Him and lay our treasures at his feet."
- (Dominican Praise Epiphany Canticle Antiphon)

Eucharist Embodies Shalom

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Brueggemann, Peace: pp. 52 & 53 — I have wondered if we have any models or experiences in which freedom and unity come together. I suggest that that what the Eucharist is about. Holy Communion is our supreme experience of all of God's people coming together, not on our terms, but on God's terms. It is our vision of unity being actualized. But it is also the place of freedom, where man, woman, and child comes face-to-face with the power of the risen Lord, celebrates baptism, and is set free to his or her own humanity, It is where we are intimately and powerfully together in freeing ways for the sake of the human spirit among us. So we say, "This is the joyful feast of the people of God. Come from the East and the West, and from the North and the South." We come in joy because here we are valued with our peculiar dignity and worth. But it is joy for people with a common identity.

Conversations That Matter

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

For some, the election of the country's first African-American president demonstrated the end of or the reduction of racism in the United States. I believe that theory had a short life. The examples of racism in our culture remain numerous.

When President Obama gave a State of the Union address early in his presidency a representative in the chamber shouted, "You lie!" Never in the history of such an important gathering did white presidents experience such disrespect. This representative received the largest donations for his reelection than ever before. At the last Republican National Convention a delegate threw peanuts at an African-American cameraman and shouted, "This is what we feed the animals!"

We Are One Family Under God - Without Distinction or Limits

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Church opens her arms to welcome all people, without distinction or limits in order to proclaim that God is love. (Jn 4: 8,16)
 - Pope Francis, September 2014 World Day of Migrants and Refugees

The Pope's New Year's Eve message “"invited believers to a personal 'examination of conscience' about sins both personal and communal during the past year, especially whether the poor, weak and marginalized are the center of our thoughts and daily actions." (John Allen, Covering All Things Catholic, 12.31.14)

How significant and essential it is that the Dominican Sisters of Peace and Associates claim two corporate stances, i.e. comprehensive immigration reform and ending human trafficking which state without equivocation that we want the poor, weak and marginalized to be at the center of our thoughts and daily actions.

Keeping Hope Alive in the New Year

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The sound I have often heard in the last few weeks is a collective sigh of relief that 2014 is almost over. This year has challenged the strongest person of faith and greatest optimist. The terrorism of ISIS fighters, violent rhetoric from North Korea, an Ebola outbreak, and ever escalating gun violence challenge us each day. We often respond with petitions, phone calls to legislators, a national demonstration in New York or Columbus, Georgia and prayer. Our voices and resilience remain important.

Campfires of Hope and Bond of Peace

Monday, December 29, 2014

As 2014 ends and the world prepares to say 'happy new year,' what is it within us that challenges us to optimism and hope and the conviction that 2015 will be a 'happy new year?' With the unresolved horrors of this current year, how can the hope of a new year emerge within us and within our world?

I recently read Jim Wallis' online blog entitled "Campfires of Hope." He began by saying that "Hope is not a feeling. It is a decision and that decision to hope is what always has changed the world." He then used a Garrison Keillor image of "campfires of gentle people" which burn in our workplaces, congregations and communities. Campfires of hope are people who make decisions to bring hope to hopeless situations. (Jim Wallis, Sojourners, God's Politics Blog, 12.24.14)

A Pull in Opposite Directions

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Brueggemann, Peace: pp. 51&52 - So we have this gospel of freedom and unity. It occurred to me that these two central dimensions of shalom pull in opposite directions. It is a promise of freedom, but freedom is surely "to do one’s own thing." As we struggle for ourselves and for others, how do we permit persons to do their own thing without disrupting everything else? But unity is having it all together, all of us sharing in and celebrating what we have in common. The hard work of shalom is to keep these in balance and in tension with each other. Freedom without unity tends to be destructive self-seeking with no regard for others. Unity without freedom tends to be conformity that crushes the humanity and imagination of those involved.

The Pedagogy of a Poor Widow

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

I love the Christmas season. The spirit of the season is energizing, with parties galore, neighborhoods enveloped in lights, music that lightens the day, but above all, generosity that touches many lives.

Christmas is the season when we notice the homeless and poor more than any time. Go to any grocery or shopping mall and a Salvation Army volunteer is ringing a bell. Parishes and stores sponsor angel trees, with the opportunity to sponsor a family in need. Even with a generous response to all the requests for donations, nonprofit groups are falling short of reaching goals. The Salvation Army has only reached half of its goal, with three days left until Christmas.

Word Made Flesh

Monday, December 22, 2014

This morning at our Clarissa House Community Morning Prayer we listened and watched Francesca Bettisteli's song "Be Born in Me" on YouTube. It was a powerful reflection on what she imagined to be Mary of Nazareth's feelings and prayer as she realized the impact of saying "Yes" to be mother to the Son of God, the Divine Word Made Flesh through her. In her prayer Mary expresses being both terrified and full of wonder and awe, yet still willing to offer herself to do God's will.

This song brought to my mind Sr. Diana Culbertson's preaching a few weeks ago, which struck a deep chord in me. As I reflected on her words it seemed a very good immediate preparation of our minds and hearts for Christmas. So with her permission I share it with you here:

Show Me Your Friends, and I'll Tell You Who You Are!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

"Show me your friends, and I'll tell you who you are!" My mother was a treasure trove of such sayings, and while I cannot remember the particular circumstances that prompted her proclaiming this one to me, it obviously made an impression. Kids have a new "best friend" every week to be sure, and parents fear their kids will fall in with the "wrong crowd." Perhaps that's why my mom was exhorting me. I find that my mom's 'sayings' still influence my life and ministry and come back to me when I least expect them. I can’t call them up cold, but they pop into my head at opportune times, and this saying is on my mind today. There is something true in it - our friends do reveal something about us—something about who we are at our core, and about what we value.


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