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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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Through the Eyes of God

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"Widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty"

In my seminary classes we have been focusing on the lens through which we see our world. We don’t see reality as it is; we see it as we are. During Lent, I am trying to see all people, things, and events through the eyes of God: a God we have come to know through Jesus the Christ as bent on liberating, healing, and inclusive loving. Is my first response one of inclusive loving or is it one of judging? I am finding it is much easier to do the latter. The call for me this Lent is to fast from judgment and to feast on inclusive loving.

Promoting Global Health

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Over 65 years ago, the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights was approved by its member states. In this important document on basic human rights, Article 25 states, "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself/herself and of his/her family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services."

U.N. guiding principles make it clear that companies are responsible to respect, protect and remedy human rights within the global supply chains. The pharmaceutical industry is the key industry in promoting availability and affordability needed to deliver life-saving medicines.

Lenten Prayer Service

Monday, March 17, 2014

On the first Sunday of Lent, March 9, Columbus area Sisters and Associates were privileged to attend a Lenten Prayer service coordinated by two of our most recently committed Associates, Vanessa Carter and Nancy Congelio. On each table the following symbols were placed, asking the attendees "how do these speak to you" - stones, wood, thorns, sand and water.

Scripture readings, time for contemplation, and table discussion provided a very inspirational and spiritual time together for which the Associates and Sisters attending expressed sincere appreciation to the Presenters. All present were asked to participate in a walk following a cross, while singing "I Will Follow Jesus." The program concluded with participants at each table sharing in the "Breaking of Bread."

Sister Stories: Leaps of Faith and Unexpected Grace

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The lights dimmed, and the spotlight rested upon a woman at the podium. Sister Andrea Lee, IHM, President of St. Catherine University proclaimed: "Welcome to SisterStory; and National Catholic Sisters Week!" Applause echoed through the space as the musicians began to play and sing.

"Every long journey is made of small steps
Is made of the courage the feeling you get
When you know it’s been waiting, been waiting for you
The journey’s the only thing you want to do."
– "Every Long Journey" by Ann Reed

A New Way of Thinking

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Ilia Delio's presentation on Christ and the cosmos to the LCWR has so intrigued me that I have begun reading other material in the area of cosmology. Robert Barron's development of God as "not somewhere else but somehow else convinces me that all of us—meaning everything ever created—is lovingly surrounded by, held by our Trinitarian God. Fashioned in the image of God, we humans are thus made according to the Trinity, meaning that we are created for relationship. Not only for relationship but we are actually connected deeply not only to one another but to all of creation." Michael Crosby, in the chapter titled "The Way of Connectedness" in his book Repair My House, cites the following by Albert Einstein. "A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts, and feelings as something separate from the rest.

Language Matters

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"Don't jump the gun"
"Trouble shooter"
"He went ballistic"
"It militates against"
"The Senator is under fire."
"She uses a double barreled approach"

What do these expressions have in common? They all send a message by using violent terms. I could list another 100 violent expressions as examples from a recent communication I received, compiled by Presbyterian USA.

One Year Later – Not a Superman, A Normal Person

Monday, March 10, 2014

Pope Francis does not want to be a superman and finds it offensive to be characterized that way. In a recent interview, he said: "To depict the pope as a sort of superman, a sort of star, seems offensive to me. The pope is a man who laughs, cries, sleeps tranquilly and has friends like everyone else, a normal person," (Reuters News)

As we approach the first anniversary of Pope Francis, many stories on his words and actions have been written, discussed and debated as much of the world examined him. Everyone has an opinion on what they have observed. Since anniversaries are always a time to reflect on a person or an event, here are two comments from a Buddhist neighbor and a Dominican Associate of Peace in Ohio. What thoughts would you add to these comments?

Good Deeds Live On!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Yesterday we entered the holy season of Lent. I was traveling on Ash Wednesday and it was interesting to observe who at the airport had ashes and who didn't. A woman sat next to me on the plane and said, "I see your ashes. My son is a first grader at St. Paul's in Westerville and he is so excited today because his whole class is going to church for ashes." A man then took a seat near us, and a gentleman who seemed to know him said, "Well, I see you've been to Mass!" "Yes, I went with the kids this morning. They said, 'Dad, you've GOT to go!'"

Being and Becoming

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

This past Saturday, I was at in Wooster, OH, preaching a retreat for the women of St. Mary Parish. We were dialoguing on our call to being the daughter of God that each of is created to be. One of the women, an RN, offered the following: "In medicine, health is simply defined as being and becoming. Good health is to be the best we are able to be yet daily aiming to becoming more. Day to day it is being and becoming, being and becoming.” Can we not apply that to spiritual health as well? Being each moment as God's image through the personality God gave me yet always open to becoming more than the moment before. Openness to the God who is always present for "in God we live and move and have our being" moment by moment. Every moment we are offered a choice, in the words of Shakespeare's Hamlet, "to be or not to be" God’s daughter, God's son.

Celebrating National Catholic Sisters Week

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

"One does not help only one's own generation.
Generation after generation, David pours enthusiasm into somber souls.

Generation after generation, Samson arms weak souls with the strength of heroes."

 - The Hasidic Masters

As we begin National Catholic Sisters Week, this quote from the Hasidic Masters came to mind. For every student taught, patient comforted, homeless person helped, directee guided or senator visited, a sister has left a compassionate memory for years to follow. Recently, at a meeting in Chicago, a Viatorian brother, who serves on his community's council, informed me that he decided to pursue a social work career after serving as a volunteer in my social service program at Catholic Charities. That gives me energy on days that are challenging!


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