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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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51st Annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Pope Francis wrote a message to us entitled, "Vocations, Witness to the Truth." In his opening paragraph he starts out with the familiar scripture from Matthew 9:35-38 which reads, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." His reflection on these words touched my heart deeply and I would like to share that section with you:

The Way of God

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

In our Easter Scripture readings, we see clearly that the Gospel is preached and spread by a community of preachers. No one was in the preaching endeavor alone. One of my seminary students, James Kulway, speaks to this indirectly in his final reflection paper for our class. The way of God is not always perfectly clear, distinct, and obvious at first glance. God works and moves in our lives in profound and tremendous ways but such is the design of God that God's ways take interpretation, faith, understanding; it takes naming, and it most especially often takes another person. The preacher is this other person to name the ways of God, to tell how God is moving in our lives, to speak prophetically to the people of God. James, of course, was referring to a single preacher in a homiletic event. However, his words apply well to those of us called to witnessing the Gospel by our lives.

Execute Justice, Not People

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Clayton Lockett, an inmate on Oklahoma's death row, was executed last week. However, everything went terribly wrong. The medical report indicated that some of the three drugs used in the execution did not enter the inmate's system because the vein collapsed. Medical officials tried for nearly an hour to find a vein, with no success, finally inserting it in his groin. He was not given enough of the drug combination to kill him.

A reporter who was present described Lockett as "breathing heavily, writhing, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow." He died a few minutes later from a heart attack.

Resurrection Spirituality

Monday, May 5, 2014

Yesterday as I was rereading some of our alternate readings in our Dominican Praise book, I was surprised by an insight that jumped out at me from the 13th reading, by Rene Girard. He said,
"The Resurrection is not only a miracle, a prodigious transgression of natural laws. It is the spectacular sign of the entrance into the world of a power superior to violent contagion."

Pontiffs for Peace Call Us To Be Sparks of Light and Leaven for Love!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Jesus Christ is the author of peace, the Prince of Peace who brings peace and leaves us peace.
Ideas from Pacem in TerrisSt. Pope John XXIII, April 11, 1963

Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace, to live peace…Peace will be the last word of history.
- St. Pope John Paul II, December 8, 1978

We need to include the excluded and PREACH PEACE.
- Pope Francis, La Repubblica, October 1, 2013

Let Us Not Be Afraid

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A few days ago, Akron's daily paper, The Beacon Journal, published an article on the percentage of people nationally who do not accept the truth of global warming and who discredit the authenticity of the Big Bang, among a few other recent findings. I couldn't help but think of the homiletics class that we had about a month ago on the disability of possessing "an arranged mind." After writing the words on the board (yes, I am old-fashioned and still resort to the green boards rather than the Smart boards), I asked the seminarians to define an arranged mind. At first, they responded with a mind that is orderly, that doesn't entertain frivolous thoughts, or that is compartmentalized. After waiting some seconds one student said a mind that is set in its truths and refuses to admit anything too weirdly new.

The Invisible People

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Recently a national news program taped a very telling experiment involving people who posed as homeless people on the street. The goal was to discover how many people make eye contact with homeless people. Those who posed as homeless people were actually relatives of some of those passing by. A husband quickly walked by his wife, who was sitting on the sidewalk with a cup for donations. A woman walked by her brother, also sitting on the sidewalk with a cup for donations. This experiment went on for an extended period of time, with the same results. No one made eye contact. The message is not new - the homeless are often invisible. If viewed, many cities are trying often to move them from view.

Dialog & Decisions, Derby Day, and Supernova Jesus

Monday, April 28, 2014

It was a spectacular weekend in St. Catharine Kentucky. The scent of lilac and the blossoming dogwood and redbud against the spring green grass and big blue sky surrounded us. The Associates Council (Sr. Suzanne Brauer, Associate Conni Dubick, Sr. Barb Ebner, Associate Marybeth Irvine, Associate Mary Klinge, Associate Paul Layshock, Sr. Amy McFrederick, Sr. Dot Trosclair, and Associate Jan Wilson) arrived ready to work a two day agenda, literally in meetings from morning until night.

Are You Prepared for Our Easter Challenge?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

During this Octave of Easter, the sparseness of Lent becomes a memory and the joy of Easter fills us with new life and eternal hope. The scriptures for the Octave of Easter are filled with stories about the confusion, fear and grief of the disciples that is transformed into joy and peace when they encounter the risen Lord. Today, the transforming power of the risen Christ is still available in our everyday lives, because he lives in each one of us. He is the reason for our hope.

Easter and every Eucharist celebration remind us of the love, hope and eternal life that have been gifted to us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So, rejoice during this holy Easter season, as we are reminded of God’s great gift to us! And may the Easter peace of the Risen Christ, once again, prepare us to meet our Easter Challenge.

Focus on Jesus

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Last Wednesday, my seminary students composed and preached homilies for the Easter Vigil. Andrew Hoover began his homily with these words, "The proof of the truth of Christianity is found in the ministry and lives of the apostles after the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. Nowhere else in the course of history has such a rag-tag group along with the other men and women who followed Jesus, led such a widespread population of people to a new way of life, and so quickly, as they set the word ablaze with the fire of the Lord’s teachings. What is even more remarkable is how clueless the apostles were initially." That last line caught me up short. These early followers of Jesus were clueless. They totally misunderstood Jesus' mission all the way up to and including the passion.

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