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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 Price for Peace in Gaza and Israel

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Two comments come to mind when thinking of the inevitable: "The poor we will always have with us." and "We cannot avoid death and taxes."

Walk for Justice

Monday, July 14, 2014

Last Saturday, July 12, Dominican Sisters of Peace Juanita Henley, Barbara Catalano, Amy McFrederick and Alicia Alvarado joined Associates Dora Harper and Lydia Gonzales and some 3 to 500 others who participated in a Walk for Justice organized in Cleveland, OH, by Sr. Rita Mary Harwood, SND, Secretariat for Parish Life and Development, and the Walk Committee. Those who joined in this prayer and demonstration publicly identified themselves as "those who stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters, using our voices calling for revision to our broken immigration system, calling for humane and just laws which respond to the needs of today, remembering where we have come from and why,  and recognizing our story repeated in the lives of the  immigrants of today."

Serious Seeking vs. Serial Seeking

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I will never forget a bulletin board that one of my teachers put up when I was in high school. I remember walking into the classroom and seeing that there was a new saying on the wall that read, "Not to decide is to decide." At first I didn't know what the sentence meant, and then all at once it hit me! I doubt I heard much of what took place during the rest of the class, because my mind stayed focused on that sentence along with whatever my 'pending decisions' were which promptly flooded into my conscious mind. What was I was putting off? Had I in fact already made some decisions, because I hadn’t actually said “yes” or "no?"

Preaching the New Evangelization

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Last week I attended the national meeting of OP Promoters of Preaching, which we dovetailed with the 2014 Marten Program Conference: "Preaching the New Evangelization," June 25-27, 2014 at the University of Notre Dame. Our meeting was held on Wednesday afternoon, and the Conference opened on Wednesday evening.

After our check-in, introductions, and some business matters, we entered into a period of Lectio Divina and shared insights about our reflection on the scripture passage and how we tended to God's Word or were tended to by the Word.  

Women Face Extremists with Promise

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mossarat Qadeem, Executive Director of PAIMAN ("Promise") Alumni Trust, does not make the nightly news or the front page of The New York Times, despite the fact she has worked miracles in Pakistan. She works every day promoting sociopolitical and economic empowerment of marginalized Pakistanis, keeping families together. Her goal: turning young Pakistani boys away from extremism.

Peace-Full: A Journey in Prayer

Monday, July 7, 2014

Michael Hurley, OP, stated that "Prayer is simply talking to God. Just as there are many ways of conversing with a friend, so too there are various ways in which we pray." (The Four Pillars of Dominican Life, 2005) And Henri Nouwen insisted that "Prayer is living. It is eating and drinking, action and rest, teaching and learning, playing and working. God is wherever we are, always reaching out, always drawing us near, ever revealing an unending love for us." (With Open Hands, 1975)

Independence Day 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 4, 2014, will mark the 238th anniversary of the birth of America as an independent nation. Its founding document proclaims the principle that all people are endowed with certain rights that include, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," as written in the document which declared our independence 238 years ago. And whether people came to this country by choice or other circumstances—they were, none the less, immigrants and laborers—who built this nation that became a symbol within the global community as a "land of golden opportunity." But as we prepare to once again celebrate the blessings that we enjoy as Americans, who are a "melting pot" of cultures and ethnicities, I find myself reflecting on our current national immigration crisis.

Moms Demand Action

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Good things happen when a group of mothers determine to act on behalf of families. These moms have decided that the gun culture in the United States is a threat to their families and families everywhere and are acting to change that culture.

A recent headline read: "Moms Wholesome Win: Chipotle says "No Guns!" When extremists brought semi-automatic guns into a Dallas-area restaurant, Moms went to work and gathered 10,000 names on a petition in just a few hours. In less than 48 hours Chipotle Mexican Grill responded: "…we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel."

Speak, I’m Listening

Monday, June 30, 2014

It's a noisy world out there. The microwave and the dryer keep us posted on their progress. Siri answers our questions. And the lady in the GPS tells us where to go. And those are the just noises we ask to hear. Add to those sounds, the noises of traffic, our televisions and radios and, of course, other people and you have a very noisy world, indeed.

While it is true that God is always speaking to our hearts, it takes a special effort to quiet ourselves enough to hear that "still small voice" ( 1 Kings 19: 13).

We are the Body of Christ

Thursday, June 26, 2014

From Rome, Sao Paulo, Hong Kong, and New Haven, CT to Niskayuna, NY an ancient yet ever new ritual stopped traffic and gathered the faithful in Eucharistic Processions for the Feast of Corpus Christi last Sunday. Were you there?

I was in Niskayuna, NY, at our Dominican Retreat and Conference Center as we watched the procession of men and women walking slowly onto the property with Father carrying a monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament. Attendants with candles walked in front and behind him. Singing and praying they had walked the mile from our parish, St. Kateri to the Retreat House.

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