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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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A Journey Home from the Emerald City!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The recent "Come and See Retreat" became for a few days, the "WAIT and SEE Retreat" as we wondered, "Would those who signed up to attend be able to make it to the Martin de Porres Center with such bad weather criss-crossing the nation?" Planes and busses were expected from Connecticut, Nebraska, Texas, Virginia and central Ohio, but in the end, with only one cancellation, we put on our Ruby Slippers and went forward.

"Follow your dreams and give yourself to your passion! Give yourself to something greater than yourself, the Gospel, and ask yourself, "Can I be myself without excessive anxiety, and can I be myself in the company of the Dominican Sisters of Peace?"" These were just a few of the challenges Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP, shared as she led all more deeply into the theme, "Discovering Home: The Wizard of Oz and Discernment."

An Examination of Conscience

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Watching the Olympics always affects me in two ways: a sense of awe at the feats performed and an uneasy, almost guilty, feeling engendered by the athletes' focused and terrible dedication to their sport. I say terrible because the athlete is not to be dissuaded from his/her intent on becoming the best, no matter the price. In that awareness, I am forced to ask myself: Do I have that same terrible dedication to living the Gospel? to being at all times a living preaching of the Gospel? The Olympics always serve as an examination of conscience for me.

Connecting the Dots

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"There is class warfare all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we are winning."  - Warren Buffet

Recently, the newly-elected Mayor of New York, Bill deBlasio, came under criticism for keeping public schools in session on a day when New York City was hit by another snow storm. What was he thinking? His response, "…for many children in public schools, their lunch will be the only meal they will have on this day." Startling, but true. Government funded school lunch programs provide a hot, nutritious meal for millions of students around the country.

Welcome to New Associates in Houma, Louisiana

Monday, February 17, 2014

"We commit ourselves to be women of peace who: create welcoming communities, inviting others to join us as vowed members, associates, volunteers, and partners in our mission to be the Holy Preaching."
2009 Chapter Commitments

Dominicans Sisters and Associates of Peace are happy to welcome newly committed Associates in Houma, Louisiana. The following are excerpts from Sr. Suzanne Brauer’s reflections shared at their recent Commitment Ceremony.

"Dominic walked, preached, praised and ministered because God had called him to do that in Spain, France and Rome. We are here today because God has called seven beautiful Louisiana women to join him in the walk for God, the Walk of Holy Preaching. They are Gayle Domangue, Patricia (Teesie) Domangue, Mary Evans, Margaret Kohmann, Beth Ledet, Joanne Morrison, and Jane Quatman.

What is Your Heart's Desire? Who and What Makes You Smile?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Do you love running, soccer, biking? Reading? Listening to music? Praying? Dabbling with paints or in photography? Studying? Dancing? Spending time with close friends? Making a difference through service?

Are you aware of the times in your life when you are fully engaged in the moment?

Are you aware of the times when you are wishing you were somewhere else or doing something else?

Making Lemonade with the Lemons of Past Laws

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Last year, in an ill-advised decision, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965. This action eliminated the protections that millions of people of color, elderly, young voters, and the poor have depended on in states with the worst history of voting discrimination. This stunning decision has made it easier for voter discrimination to fly under the radar in the former Confederate States of America.

We Weather Together Through the Snow

Monday, February 10, 2014

"…neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:38 (New American Bible)

As I heard this read at prayers last Thursday, I thought 'neither snow, nor drifts, nor cancellations, nor snowpacked roads' would keep our Dominican Volunteers or I from coming to Heartland Center for Spirituality in Kansas in February, with God's help!

Where Is the "Path" Leading You?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

One of my fondest childhood memories includes waiting excitedly each year for the annual television presentation of the "Wizard of Oz." Even as an adult it remains one of my favorite films. So, I was intrigued and excited when our retreat facilitator, Dominican Sister of Peace, Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP, revealed that she would be using this enchanting movie as the theme for our upcoming vocation retreat! What possible wisdom can the tale of Dorothy's mythical journey hold for a woman in the 21st century trying to discern what to do with the rest of her life – especially if she is entertaining the thought of a possible religious vocation? What insights can Dorothy and her companions help reveal about God's call or "path" for her life? I think you will find they will be great guides for the journey!

Christ on the Hoof

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

And yet more from the Denys Turner book on Thomas Aquinas.

Making a Difference on the March Sabbath Weekend

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sad to say, our country has grown accustomed to gun violence, as senseless tragedies mount. Over 30,000 people in the United States die from gunshot wounds each year, many of whom are children. After every tragedy, vigils and demonstrations are held, editorials written, speeches made on the urgent need for responsible gun control legislation. Like clockwork, NRA leadership steps forward to oppose common sense legislation, and congress, desiring money for political campaigns, caves in, and again no legislation is passed.

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