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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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Which Direction Are You Facing?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Yesterday was the great feast of Pentecost, celebrating the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon Christ's disciples and on the world, and marking the beginning of Ordinary time once again. In Akron, Ohio, it rained steadily most of the day. As I write these words I remember a moment when a small group of the leaders of our prayer group were asking God to pour out the Holy Spirit upon us and help us with some difficult issues. I rejoiced when the image of a deluge of rain pouring down on us came to my imagination. Then I noticed several cups turned down instead of up so that no matter how hard it rained, the cups remained empty. The message was clear: God has never stopped pouring out the Holy Spirit upon our world and on us; we have only to turn toward Christ with expectant faith and hope to be filled.

Meet Me at Pawnee Rock

Thursday, June 5, 2014

FIELD TRIP!!!

The children attending the week-long Peace Camp at Heartland Farm laughed and jostled each other with excitement as they boarded the van. We're going on a field trip! Buckled in with their hands to themselves (essential van-pool rule) we were off to Pawnee Rock, Kansas. To climb the ROCK!

The "Rock" is Pawnee Rock, named for the Pawnee Indians who, along with other tribes, held councils, festivals and other gatherings there along with using it as a reliable landmark on the prairie. The Ar-kansas River is not far away where the Buffalo found water as did the Native American and "White" settlers traveling along the Santa Fe Trail.

Seek Me With All Your Heart

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The vision of shalom is so great that it would be nice to manage and control it - to know the formula that puts it at our disposal - either by a religion of piety or morality or by a technology that puts it on call (see Deuteronomy 18:9-14). But shalom is not subject to our best knowledge or our cleverest gimmicks. It comes only through the costly way of caring. Shalom is an enduring vision. It is promised persistently and hoped for always. But there are those occasions when it is an especially vital hope. One such time was during Israel’s exile. Among the eloquent spokesmen for the vision in that period was Jeremiah, who wrote to the exiles urging the validity of the vision even among displaced persons.

Remembering the Victims and Calling for Change Now

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Every day for the last month, I have driven by a large billboard in Louisville (KY) that announces a huge gun show coming to the city, an annual ritual that draws thousands from around the region. At the same time my car radio blasts, "Guns! Guns! Guns!" with the enthusiasm of a person who just won the lottery.

Gun shows are troubling because they are not required to include a background check on persons who purchase guns, so, as often happens, a convicted felon can go to a gun show and purchase guns without concern of being caught. Those who oppose universal background checks rely on myths to make a case:

"I hope I can live a long time so I can keep being an Associate."

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Dominican Associates of Peace make a public statement during commitment ceremonies which states: "We, the Associates, in relationship with the Dominican Sisters of Peace, commit to the preaching mission and to a life rooted in prayer, study, community and ministry." With these words, each of us pauses to think about the implication of this commitment statement in our own lives. What does it mean to commit to preaching with our lives through prayer, study, community and ministry? Associates of Peace participate in a continuing discernment process through their Associate groups and/or individual witness in order to consciously live these Dominican values. There are more than 500 Associates and more than 500 ways of preaching with our lives.

Jesus is Counting on You!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

During the last mass of the 28th World Youth Day, Pope Francis said to the thousands of young people in attendance: Bringing the gospel is bringing God's power to pluck up and break evil and violence, to destroy and overthrow the barriers of selfishness, intolerance, and hatred, so as to build a new world. Jesus Christ is counting on you, the Church is counting on you, and the pope is counting on you! 'Go and make disciples of all nations!' He reiterated, for these young people and the world, the great commission that Jesus gave to his disciples who witnessed the Ascension event that was the culmination of his earthly life.

Study Is the Fuel that Leads to Action on Behalf of Justice

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In a Lenten study group I recently attended, some members shared that social justice was an area of their faith that they had not focused on. This is understandable, given the lack of education and airtime that social justice issues often receive from the pulpit and traditional Catholic study materials. In many Catholic Dioceses and fortunately in our Columbus Diocese, we have the opportunity to learn about social justice through Salt and Light Training. This six week study course, based on the book, "Becoming A Community of Salt and Light" by Peggy P. Heins, gives social concerns leaders and participants a rich, challenging framework with which to approach ministry.

A Day to Remember – And Bring Out the White

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Traditionally Memorial Day is the day to remember and pray for all those who gave their lives in military service for our country. It is also a good day to remember and pray for all those who lost a loved one in wars or violence both in foreign countries and on our own soil in local feuds, domestic violence, gangs, riots, natural disasters, sickness and accidents. Remembering them can be a somber time of feeling again the loss, cherishing the memories, and also a time of thankfulness for their presence and their gift in our life journey.

"the thing about remembering is that you don't forget." - Tim O'Brien

You Are To Die For

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Has anyone told you recently, "You are to die for?!"

Recently I heard Associate Larry Vuillemin, relay the words from a plaque on someone's desk which read, "I'm not perfect, but Jesus thinks I'm to die for." This phrase has stayed with me in the few weeks since, and I find myself asking, who or what am I willing to die for? Am I eagerly listening and looking for ways I can put love into action?

In the Gospel from John 15:12-17 for Friday, May 23, we hear Jesus tell his disciples that there is no greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. Am I willing to die for my friends? Am I willing to die for strangers who are victims of injustice and violence? The questions have definitely given me something to ponder.

The Vision of Wholeness

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The vision of wholeness—total health and well-being—is the supreme will of our God and is the outgrowth of a covenant of shalom found in Ezekiel. "I will make a covenant of peace with them, and rid the country of ravenous beasts, that they may dwell securely in the desert and sleep in forests. I will place them about my hill, sending rain in due season, rains that shall be a blessing to them. The trees of the field shall bear their fruits, and the land its crops, and they shall dwell securely on their own soil" (Ezekiel 35: 24-27). In this covenant, persons are bound not only to God but to one another in a caring, sharing, rejoicing community with none to make them afraid. This shalom pertains to all creation. The prophets spoke of a world in which creation is reconciled and harmony appears between children and snakes, among all kinds of natural enemies.

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