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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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Evangelization and the Holy Goose

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pope Francis declares in Evangelii Gaudium, "Evangelization takes place in obedience to the missionary mandate of Jesus: 'Go therefore and make disciples of all nations'….In these verses we see how the risen Christ sent his followers to preach the Gospel in every time and place, so that faith in him might spread to every corner of the earth. The word of God constantly shows us how God challenges those who believe in him 'to go forth.' Each Christian and every community must discern the path that the Lord points out but all of us are asked to obey his call to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the 'peripheries' in need of the light of the Gospel." Even in a department store in the midst of the Christmas rush! Last Thursday, I was in a queue of eleven customers waiting to have our purchases checked out. Of the five stations, my line was the shortest.

A Call for Responsible Legislating on the Farm Bill

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What do those who own family farms, conservationists and all who call for sustainable agriculture have in common? They are all concerned with the proposed farm bill coming from the House (H.R. 2646). This bill, which has not made its way to the Senate, has much to disappoint those who care about Earth and justice for farmers.

The following are a few of the weaknesses of the bill:

Can Our Voices Build the Roar to Shake the World?

Monday, December 16, 2013

"I invite all the institutions of the world, the church, each of us, as one single human family, to give a voice to all those who suffer silently from hunger, so that this voice becomes a roar which can shake the world."

Pope Francis, Global Wave of Prayer address

Where are you?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Where are you?

Sister Nancy Schreck, OSF, used this question - the same one God had spoken to the man and woman in the garden in Genesis - "Where are you?" to challenge those of us present at the Religious Formation Conference Congress in St. Louis, MO, November 14-17, 2013.

Where are you?

Are you in the Philippines helping to relieve the suffering of the people after the typhoon? Are you in your neighborhood working to help eliminate violence of all kinds? Are you teaching? Are you caring for the sick or the poor or the elderly? Are you spending time in contemplation for the healing of yourself and the world? Are you in the struggle and in the dialogue within the Church and with those in society who continue to deny the gifts of women.

A Call to Be an Obnoxious Goose!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Reading Pope Francis' exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) reminded me of an image shared by Rev. George Smiga in the publication Living With Christ (May 2010). "The presence of God is vast and varied. That is why we can find so many different images of the Spirit. Jesus draws from the legal sphere to describe the Spirit as a 'Paraclete' or 'Advocate'. He using the image of a prosecuting attorney who will lead the disciples against the evils of the world. An old Celtic tradition builds upon this image, presenting the Holy Spirit as a goose. A goose honks loudly and forcibly inserts itself into its surroundings. When we sense God's presence as a dramatic force, grabbing us by the neck and impelling us in directions we would rather avoid, we should know that the Spirit is alive within us. We cannot limit the scope of God's action.

Leading By Example: A Mandela Legacy

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

At the top of my "bucket list" for the last few years was my desire to meet Nelson Mandela. Unfortunately, that will never happen. This towering figure long has been a model for me of courageous leadership, one who led by example. As former Prime Minister of Great Britain, Tony Blair, said so well, "His life was the triumph of the human spirit."

Advent Challenge: To Wait and to Prepare

Monday, December 9, 2013

A late Thanksgiving this year and a mere three weeks plus three days of Advent makes for what seems like a very short time to prepare for Christmas. And "prepare" is such an active word. Unlike "wait" which feels so much slower. But Advent is both.

God has the initiative. Whether we are speaking of the coming of the full reign of God at the end of time and the kingdom of justice and peace described by Isaiah, or our own meeting with God at the end of our earthly life; or Jesus' own birth in Bethlehem "in the fullness of time," the timing is not of our making. The doing is God's; ours is the waiting.

Ah, but how do we wait? John the Baptist says we wait for God to act by actively preparing. It is not enough, he tells the Pharisees and Sadducees, to claim a connection to Abraham. No, we actively prepare, we are challenged to "produce good fruit."

Waiting to Exhale…in Hope

Thursday, December 5, 2013

In much of the world, the beautiful season of Advent is buried amid the constant clamor of commercialism that precedes Christmas. In many circles, hardly a thought is given to the real reason for our hope in a world that can seem to be overrun by the effects of power, greed, war and poverty, not to mention the havoc created by natural disasters. We have only to look at our local, national and international headlines to confirm the truth of this statement.

And then along comes Advent. It’s the beginning of the new Church year that reminds us of the eternal hope and light that came into the world over 2000 years ago, in the person of Jesus Christ. This is the hype we should believe in! May each of us continue to live this new spiritual year in Advent hope.

Finding Inspiration

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

An Aquinas preaching student is in the solitary throes of writing her thesis. Actually, she’s not writing at all. She feels flat. Empty. Organizationally challenged. Dry as a bone. Cold embers where passion once flamed. She e-mailed me the other day to schedule a get-together, "Help! What do you turn to when you need new energy, when you feel like you’re totally wasting even the little time you have to write? Where do you find for inspiration?"

A good question for preachers as well as writers. As I labor for ideas and words under the too-familiar nimbus "cloud of unknowing" where do I turn for some salve for my soul, encouragement in my stuckness? These are some of my well-loved friends and coaches who comfort and inspire me, and have stood by me all these many years and offer me seeds and songs of hope.

School of the Americas Watch 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"Meet you at the gate." This is the gate of Fort Benning, GA, where the School of the Americas (SOA) or as it was renamed in 2001, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), continues to train Latin American Soldiers for combat. Thousands of people from around the United States and Canada traveled to Columbus, Georgia, to tell the SOA to stop training Latin Americans to assassinate their own people On November 22-24, in the name of the Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace, nine members: Srs. Cathy Arnold, Kathy Broussard, Suzanne Brauer, and Francine Schwarzenberger; Candidate Ana Gonzalez; and Associates Chris Cahalan, Kevin Cahalan, JoAnna Magee, and Jerry Stein spoke out by word and action against this injustice.

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