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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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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.

Charity and Justice

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." We are all familiar with this adage about charity and justice. Charity is vital in emergency situations but it does not resolve longer term problems. Social services agencies understand this dynamic and often provide counseling, job training and medical care along with free food at a soup kitchen or food pantry.

"If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it."

Monday, May 19, 2014

"If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it." - Jesus of Nazareth

The washing of feet. It was the work of slaves. Everybody knew that. But Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, then he tried to explain why he did it and he concluded by saying: "If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it."

(John 13:17) In other words, as Richard Rohr says: "Jesus has given service to others a dignity which is totally independent of status. Jesus' whole raison d'etre for being among us was to serve. It is not a humbling of Jesus, it is love actualized by service."

"And They Loved Us Here!"

Thursday, May 15, 2014

May is a time filled with special occasions - graduations, first communions, weddings, and anniversaries of all sorts. This May, I shared in a very special celebration, the 100th Anniversary celebration of St. Andrew Avellino Parish in Flushing, NY, and it was a GRAND day! Five Dominican Sisters of Peace, Srs. Barbara DeCrosta, Carole Hermann, Maryann Lawlor, Pat Thomas (not pictured) and I attended. We felt proud to represent so many of our Sisters who served there over the years - almost 90 years out of the 100!

Introduction to Understanding Biblical Themes

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In the early 2000's, Chalice Press published a series titled Understanding Biblical Themes. Biblical theologian Walter Brueggemann's book on peace is a part of that series. I will in the next few months offer on this blog excerpts from his book that we as Dominican Sisters of Peace may more understand the title we are attempting to live into. Through the Spirit, Jesus breathes on us and in us "peace that the world cannot give." In the preface of the book, highlights the sixties' and seventies' commitment to shalom, commenting that it was "on the romantic side and lacked a critical edge, a liberal propensity to think that if we all said well and we all did well, all would be well." He goes on to talk about prime texts of shalom: Psalm 85, vv. 9-13, Jeremiah 29:11-14, and Micah 5:2-5.

The War on Girls Now Out in the Open

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

For sale: Nigerian girls: $12. The sex slave trade received a boost when the Boko Haram terrorists captured 276 Nigerian school girls in the dark of night. Fortunately, a few were able to escape.

There is much to be sad, mad and concerned about in this horrific event. Reports from the area indicate that Nigerian military commanders were warned four hours before the kidnapping that the terror group was on its way to raid the boarding school in Chibok. No effort was made to prevent the abductions. President Goodluck Jonathan waited three weeks before addressing the public on the abductions. He refused international help when it was first offered. The leader of the region recently gave a ten-minute speech of mumbled condolence. He did not meet with the mothers of the missing girls. Too busy? Really?

Dreaming With Others To Discover Possibilities

Monday, May 12, 2014

"When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream.
When we are dreaming with others, it is a beginning of reality."
- Dom Helder Camara

Dominican Associates of Peace have had the opportunity since 2009 to dream with others to create the reality of what it means to be an Associate in mission with the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Donna Markham, OP, has stated that "social dreaming invites participants to activate both the 'power of the community' and the 'power of the dream' to create a new communal culture. Social dreaming encourages analyzing the present, planning for the future, but also calls us to dream together to discover possibilities."

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