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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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The Hunger for Transparency Continues

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A tug of war continues between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA. The long awaited report on the Bush administration’s use of torture ("enhanced interrogation") following 9/11 has been made available to the committee. Just one problem—someone in the CIA has a very thick black magic marker to make it impossible to read key parts of the torture report. CIA officials stated that "only 15% of the document was "redacted," read, censored. They have eliminated key details that support the report’s findings and conclusions."

Dominican Associates of Peace Proclaim Their Commitments

Monday, August 11, 2014

"We, the Associates, in relationship with the Dominican Sisters of Peace, are called by God to become the Holy Preaching by promoting the liberating truth of the Gospel of Jesus, and collaborating with God for the transformation of all creation. In response to that call, I, as part of the world-wide Dominican Family, commit myself to the preaching mission of the Dominican Order. I will express the mission through a life rooted in prayer, study, community and ministry."
- Associates Statement of Commitment


Thursday, August 7, 2014

At evening prayer today Dominicans (the Order of Preachers) all over the world will begin this year’s celebration of St. Dominic de Guzman founder of the order.  Happy Feast Day

Two aspects of Dominic’s life stand out for me.  First, he engaged the Word of God in the Scriptures with all that was happening in the lives of the people of his time.  His willingness to leave the cathedral where he lived a more monastic life as a canon gave him the opportunities to see the struggles of the people of his time and to take direct actions to make a difference.

Pope Francis on Preaching, Part II

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I started out to summarize and reflect on the next section of Evangelii Gaudium, but have been so taken and moved by Francis's words that I am going to share with you directly from his text. I certainly cannot improve on the depth of his insights and the beauty of his language. He subtitles this portion of the text "Words which set hearts on fire."

142. Dialogue is much more than the communication of a truth. It arises from the enjoyment of speaking and it enriches those who express their love for one another through the medium of words...

the memory of the faithful...should overflow with the wondrous things done by the homily truth goes hand in hand with beauty and goodness…(the faithful) will sense that each word of Scripture is a gift before it is a demand.

What Happened to the First Amendment?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peacefully to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
 - US Constitution – Amendment 1

To Be Peace is to Build Peace

Monday, August 4, 2014

Recently, when cleaning out some of my overstuffed files, I ran across a pamphlet that caught my attention with its subtitle: "How to end war one person at a time." The flyer, condensed and distributed by Lydia G. Polley, suggests that if enough people in the world transformed themselves into peace makers, war could end. The leading idea here is "critical mass." When enough people participate, a critical mass can change the world (as when a critical mass of humans embraced electricity or fossil fuels).

Seven practices for peace are were offered that could be taken a day at a time:

Fan or Follower…Which Are You?

Friday, August 1, 2014

When I first moved to Columbus, OH, it might have been assumed that I would become a "Buckeye" fan. However, friends quickly learned that my usual way of picking a team (if I watched the game at all) was to cheer for the underdog. You see, I was neither a "fan" nor a "follower" of football. Recently, I read an interesting article about a retreat in Denver given by Bishop J. Terry Steib, S.V.D., of the Diocese of Memphis, Tennessee. Bishop Steib asked the participants to consider if they were "fans" or "followers" of Jesus. The distinction, of course, lies in the level of action, connection and personal commitment.

The Preaching of Pope Francis and Evangelii Gaudium

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

During the Notre Dame Conference on Preaching and Evangelization, Gregg Heille, OP, offered his reflections on the practice of preaching by Pope Francis, and noted in particular Francis' treatment of preaching in his document Evangelii Gaudium (E.G.). Francis, as we have experienced him, is a plain-spoken and pastoral homiletician. His direction is toward the needs of the world, with a definite commitment to the poor and neglected, his subject matter is clear and plain-spoken, even confrontative, but delivered with a certain gentleness, self-deprecation, and humility, and his overarching theme is mercy.

Standing with Farmworkers

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Every meal is a time for thanksgiving. As we enjoy the vegetables and fruit that fill our plates we can be thankful for the 2.5 million farmworkers who sacrificed health and living wages to provide meals for families around the country. Most of the time I do not think of that reality until I receive an urgent message. Recently I received such a message from the United Farm Workers: "Speak out to protect farmworkers."

An estimated 5.1 billion pounds of pesticides are applied to crops each year, and thousands of farmworkers experience the effects of acute pesticide poisoning, including headaches, nausea, shortness of breath and seizures. Many times pesticides lead to cancer, infertility and neurological problems.

Mary Magdalene

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I have called you by name—you are mine. My sheep know my voice…

Mary, whose eyes were dim with disappointment and blurred with grief and tears and whose imagination couldn’t reach as far as Risen from the dead--

Mistook Jesus the Christ for the gardener until he called her name. "Mary" he said, and his voice rang in her like a bell---opened ears she didn’t know she had, both stunned her and embraced her in depths she had never plumbed.

"RABBOUNI" she gasped, perhaps In a voice she didn’t recognize as her own. In that moment, all had changed. Jesus wasn’t just Jesus –and she was not plain Mary anymore


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