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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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A Look into Ferguson

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

As by now, most Americans have seen coverage, extensive and from various angles of the events leading up to and after the death of Michael Brown. So I will not be blogging to the obvious, but what I would like to do is to take a look at this event from a different perspective.

A "Dominican Communion" Sent Forth to Preach the Gospel

Monday, October 13, 2014

Scripture, Vatican II and Bruno Cadore, OP issued the call and challenge.

"I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions."
- Joel 3:1

"The laity live in the ordinary circumstances of family and social life. They are there called by God, that by exercising their proper functions and led by the spirit of the Gospel, they may work for the sanctification of the world from within as a leaven."
- Lumen Gentium, 31

To Meet and to Greet

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I am in awe of people who know what to say in any circumstance. They always remember people’s names, the names of all of their children and where they last went on vacation. They are also able to pull various topics out of their hat (whether or not they have a hat) and can be sought out as scintillating conversationalists. I've met people like this and try to learn from them through observation and also direct interrogation.

Recently I was at a dinner for young women who are discerning their call to religious life. I met a Sister there who is the epitome of the expert conversationalist. What I saw was someone who was genuinely interested in meeting and getting to know the other at the event. She made eye contact, greeted each person warmly and when she talked to you it was as if there was no one else in the room. It is what I think meeting Jesus would be like.

Elemental Spirits

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

(Brueggemann, p. 44) Paul reflected a long time on slavery and freedom. He did not think there are a lot of little slaveries, but that they are all of piece, and we can name them. He called them "elemental spirits": "We are enslaved to the elemental spirits of the world" (Galatians 4:3) and "If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world?" (Colossians 2:20). This may sound primitive today because most people do not believe that way. But even if we are more sophisticated, we still know that the powers that coerce us are powerful and alive, and for some reason we are not free to lives our lives ward joy. We spend our time crying, satisfying others, measuring up, meeting quotas.

Of Riparian Buffers and Peace Dominicans

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Riparian buffers are both a part of and a means of caring for creation. As such they have become a common conservation practice. They are vegetative areas usually forested near a stream that provide shade to cool the water thus increasing habitat quality for aquatic life. They, also, partially protect associated streams, rivers and lakes from nearby land use. 

Buffers provide environmental benefits by improving water quality and reducing pollution. They intercept sediments and pesticides that are detrimental to aquatic habitats and harmful to aquatic life. The also serve to prevent bank erosion which can lead to siltation which can damage reservoirs and dams. 

Together in Life, Death, New Life

Monday, October 6, 2014

"I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart in the company and assembly of the just." - Psalm 111:1b

Dominican Road Trip Anyone?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Where can you hear the vocation stories of two Dominican Sisters of Peace and have the opportunity to ask questions about religious life and other spiritual matters?

Answer...the live Motherhouse Road Trip Podcast hosted by A Nun’s Life Ministry! The live audio and video Podcast will feature the Dominican Sisters of Peace on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 5 to 6pm EST in Columbus, OH. Please be sure to mark your calendar to join us online for great conversation and interaction with our Sisters.

What Keeps Us From Knowing Deep Joy?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Brueggemann, p. 43: "For freedom, Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery...For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters" (Galatians 5:1, 13). Obviously, the freedom Paul discovered in the gospel was not an invitation to irresponsibility, nor was it a promise that there would be no more burdens or hardships. But now they are the responsibilities, burdens, and hardships of a free person, one not driven, but one facing options and having the power to choose the good news against all the bad forms of news that make promises that can never be kept. Slavery is many different things. Whatever the slavery that binds a person, that is the one that counts. Let us characterize slavery simply as that which keeps us from being joyous. When we locate that, we will be close to the source of our oppression.

We the People, We the Voters

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

They are going to Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia and Colorado. They are, Nuns on the Bus, traveling on a mission that is vitally important to this country. On every stop Sr. Simone Campbell and sisters from around the country will talk about the crisis of income inequality. The middle class is shrinking and the poor are getting poorer. Network and religious organizations around the country continue to urge congress to raise the minimum wage, stuck at $7.25 an hour. No one yet has asked members of congress if they could live on $7.25 an hour!

Mountain-size student loan debt continues to be ignored by congress, even when a moderate bill is introduced to lower the percentage of the loan. Equal pay for equal work continues to be a dream for women.

Seeing with the Eyes of God

Monday, September 29, 2014

Photo Credit: Proof of Life © copyright Dave Ruddock 2014

"I was once approached by a man and asked if I would take his picture, so that someone would have proof that he had lived."
"A Record of My Being – Images and Imaginings" by Dave Ruddock (2014 MyPublisher)

Recently I was given a book entitled "A Record of My Being-Images and Imaginings" by Dave Ruddock. This book was a gift in several ways. Now, the Oxford definition of "gift" gives several meanings: 1)an act of giving someone a present; 2)a natural ability or talent; and 3) an 'unmissable' opportunity. With Dave’s book, I was gifted with a collection of photographs with reflections; the opportunity to view his photographic talent and imaginings; and inherent in this gift, I received an 'unmissable' opportunity to accept a challenge.


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