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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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Children of a Broken Circle

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Woe to those who enact unjust statutes
and who write oppressive decrees,
depriving the needy of judgment
and robbing my people’s poor of their rights,
making widows their plunder,
and orphans their prey!
What will you do on the day of punishment,
when ruin comes from afar?
To whom will you flee for help?
Where will you leave your wealth,
lest it sink beneath the slain?"
- Isaiah 10:1-4

Northeast Ohio Associates Join Area Interfaith Dialogue

Monday, March 24, 2014

The announcement that Associate Colette Jenkins, a Religion Writer for the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper, was the featured speaker at the April 1, 2014 annual dinner of the Akron Area Interfaith Council sparked an immediate interest for many Associates and Sisters in Northeast Ohio. Her topic "Them and Us-The Mentality that Violates Human Rights" is a theme that Dominican Associates in the local area think is important to discuss in an interfaith forum. Jenkins brings a wealth of wisdom and experience from working with and representing in the news the many faith-based/religious groups in the Akron/Canton and surrounding areas for the past 12 or more years. Fifteen Associates who have participated in other interfaith opportunities will join members from fifteen religious congregations and groups at the dinner.

A Reflection on Celebrating the Diversity of Religious Life

Thursday, March 20, 2014

As a Dominican Sister of Peace, I have celebrated the Chinese New Year and the Vietnamese celebration of TET; participated in Mardi Gras festivities spearheaded by our sisters from New Orleans, and witnessed a wonderful St. Patrick's Day celebration—complete with great food and fun! In addition, through our Martin De Porres Center, I have appreciated events that have highlighted the gifts of various cultures including African and African American. I am deeply convinced that religious life is enriched by the variety of cultural diversity among the women whom God has called to serve in the mission of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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"
—Einstein

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?

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