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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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Dominicans Demonstrate Solidarity

Monday, January 27, 2014

The movement of people across boundaries is part of a collective human experience. There is an element of this experience that must be eradicated: the trafficking of human beings through the use of fraud, force, and coercion for the purpose of forced prostitution or forced labor.
- Committee on Migration, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace articulate a commitment to "promote justice through solidarity with those who are marginalized, especially women and children." So when we read the compelling message from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, we ask ourselves, what can we as individuals and as groups do in solidarity against human trafficking?

A Cantors Eye View

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ana walked gracefully up the aisle holding her Christ Light aloft as the violinist played the processional song. We waited for her at the front of the church and were lifted up with the energy, joy, and enthusiasm of Ana and her procession of family, Sisters, friends, and witnesses that followed her up the aisle. They filed into the pews and the violinist, Ana's sister Lulu, joined us in the sanctuary where we would lead the music and prayer for this official Welcoming Ceremony for Ana as she entered our congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Our view from the sanctuary, as leaders of prayer and song, took in the smiles and tears, the prayer and solemnity of this occasion. We were part of a centuries old ritual welcoming new members into a Religious Congregation with a simple ceremony of psalms, prayers, requests, and responses.

A Troubling Concern

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In the December 23 & 30, 2013 issue of The New Yorker, James Carroll has penned a comprehensive article on Pope Francis titled "Who Am I To Judge: A Radical Pope's First Year." He notes how Francis’ concern for the poor has taken front and center in his papacy; so much so that he holds nothing back in speaking of this concern.

Language As Power

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Joan Chittister once stated that unless sexist language was replaced by inclusive language, sexism would continue to be a part of everyday life. What is more basic than language? Language hurts and heals. Words that disrespect end relationships, and in some cases, stay with a person for a lifetime.

He Wanted to Live A Committed Life

Monday, January 20, 2014

"Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. February 4, 1968

Ask…Seek…Knock

Thursday, January 16, 2014

When was the last time you asked someone for something? When you sought something new? When you knocked on a door to enter a new place? As you imagine those feelings of anticipation, or perhaps are currently experiencing them yourself, think of Ana Gonzalez who will begin her journey with us as a Candidate on Saturday, January 18. She stands at our door and knocks.

Ana's journey and ours to this moment began long ago – at her baptism and ours. What we celebrate on Saturday is the intersection of her holy journey and ours. What a gift to welcome Ana!

Choice Words

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I was going to follow up on the attainment of holiness through the pursuit of choice words but have decided to share with you the choice words of Archbishop Loris Francesco Capovilla who was made a cardinal this past week at 98 years of age. When asked how he felt at receiving this honor at such a ripe age, he said he receives it in communion with all humble priests who humbly and silently spend their whole lives so that the joy of the Gospel reaches everyone and all families. He thanks Pope John XXIII who taught him silence, hiddenness, humility and service given only out of love. "He taught me that the summit of Christian behavior is, as quoted by St. John Chrysostom, 'simplicity and prudence.' If you are simple, you open your eyes to God and are not afraid of anyone or anything.

Following the Dream

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant." – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Preach the truth with love, I believe summarizes the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King. He "walked the talk" and died with his integrity intact. In his 39 years he was arrested, abandoned in the silence of fellow ministers, taunted with racial slurs, intimidated by attacks on his home, and misunderstood by politicians on both sides of the aisle.

The Encounter is God’s Love

Monday, January 13, 2014

"Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction." Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 2005

These words by Pope Benedict are repeated in Evangelii Gaudium as words Pope Francis states that he never tires of repeating. Francis continues "Thanks solely to this encounter-or renewed encounter-with God's love, we are liberated from our narrowness and self-absorption." (Evangelii Gaudium, p.4)

Reflection

Thursday, January 9, 2014

As a novice, I thought that the less distracted I was at prayer, the more pleasing it was to God. As I have learned more about the presence of God in all of creation, I am more "friendly" to distractions. Sometimes I actually incorporate them as part of my prayer. For instance, if I am worried about someone, I place that person in God's arms. If I am preoccupied about a decision I have to make, I beg to see my situation with God's eyes. If I look outside and see snow falling, I praise God for this precious gift of creation. The snow might also remind me to pray for those who are homeless.

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