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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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Let Us Not Be Afraid

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A few days ago, Akron's daily paper, The Beacon Journal, published an article on the percentage of people nationally who do not accept the truth of global warming and who discredit the authenticity of the Big Bang, among a few other recent findings. I couldn't help but think of the homiletics class that we had about a month ago on the disability of possessing "an arranged mind." After writing the words on the board (yes, I am old-fashioned and still resort to the green boards rather than the Smart boards), I asked the seminarians to define an arranged mind. At first, they responded with a mind that is orderly, that doesn't entertain frivolous thoughts, or that is compartmentalized. After waiting some seconds one student said a mind that is set in its truths and refuses to admit anything too weirdly new.

The Invisible People

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Recently a national news program taped a very telling experiment involving people who posed as homeless people on the street. The goal was to discover how many people make eye contact with homeless people. Those who posed as homeless people were actually relatives of some of those passing by. A husband quickly walked by his wife, who was sitting on the sidewalk with a cup for donations. A woman walked by her brother, also sitting on the sidewalk with a cup for donations. This experiment went on for an extended period of time, with the same results. No one made eye contact. The message is not new - the homeless are often invisible. If viewed, many cities are trying often to move them from view.

Dialog & Decisions, Derby Day, and Supernova Jesus

Monday, April 28, 2014

It was a spectacular weekend in St. Catharine Kentucky. The scent of lilac and the blossoming dogwood and redbud against the spring green grass and big blue sky surrounded us. The Associates Council (Sr. Suzanne Brauer, Associate Conni Dubick, Sr. Barb Ebner, Associate Marybeth Irvine, Associate Mary Klinge, Associate Paul Layshock, Sr. Amy McFrederick, Sr. Dot Trosclair, and Associate Jan Wilson) arrived ready to work a two day agenda, literally in meetings from morning until night.

Are You Prepared for Our Easter Challenge?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

During this Octave of Easter, the sparseness of Lent becomes a memory and the joy of Easter fills us with new life and eternal hope. The scriptures for the Octave of Easter are filled with stories about the confusion, fear and grief of the disciples that is transformed into joy and peace when they encounter the risen Lord. Today, the transforming power of the risen Christ is still available in our everyday lives, because he lives in each one of us. He is the reason for our hope.

Easter and every Eucharist celebration remind us of the love, hope and eternal life that have been gifted to us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So, rejoice during this holy Easter season, as we are reminded of God’s great gift to us! And may the Easter peace of the Risen Christ, once again, prepare us to meet our Easter Challenge.

Focus on Jesus

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Last Wednesday, my seminary students composed and preached homilies for the Easter Vigil. Andrew Hoover began his homily with these words, "The proof of the truth of Christianity is found in the ministry and lives of the apostles after the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. Nowhere else in the course of history has such a rag-tag group along with the other men and women who followed Jesus, led such a widespread population of people to a new way of life, and so quickly, as they set the word ablaze with the fire of the Lord’s teachings. What is even more remarkable is how clueless the apostles were initially." That last line caught me up short. These early followers of Jesus were clueless. They totally misunderstood Jesus' mission all the way up to and including the passion.

Earth Day 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

According to a recent communication from the United Nations, Earth Day 2014 will focus on green cities, mobilizing millions of people in an effort to create a sustainable, healthy environments by greening communities worldwide. Since most of the world's population lives in cities, and as the urban population grows, climate change worsens. Cities have to evolve. The Green Cities Campaign helps cities and communities around the world move more quickly to a more sustainable future.

Cities and communities around the world will celebrate Earth Day today, or as the General Assembly of the United Nations calls it, Mother Earth Day.

Witness the Empty Tomb

Monday, April 21, 2014

"Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, 'Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.'" - Matthew 28:8-11 - Reading for April 21

Pope Francis observed in his first Easter message that the women find the tomb empty, "the body of Jesus is not there and something new has happened, a truly life-changing event. Nothing remains as it was before, not only in the lives of those women, but also in our own lives and in the history of mankind. Jesus is not dead, he has risen, he is alive! He does not simply return to life; rather, he is life itself, because he is the Son of God, the living God."

Capture the Flag for PEACE!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

May 12-16 - Service Opportunity for single Catholic women ages 18-45 in Columbus, OH

God is Always There

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

As mentioned before, I often learn from my students. Last week, Eric Garris preached a postil on the reading concerning the three young men in the fiery furnace. He was drawn by the courage of these three young men who just might have been around his own age. He pondered deeply their courage, he told us, and wondered if he faced a great ordeal, if he could stand strong. It was evident that he was greatly touched by this Scripture passage. I share a selection from his brief preaching that caught my attention:

The Gift of Dominican Collaboration

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

One of the privileges of being the justice promoter for the community is the opportunity to meet with justice promoters from the midwest and south each year. This provides a forum to share experiences, ideas, and goals around a number of justice concerns. This year we met at the Motherhouse of the Houston Dominicans and focused on immigration reform, human trafficking, and economic justice and participated in the Dominican Sisters Conference web seminar, "What is Earth Asking of the Order?"

Everyone came away not only with the challenges each of these justice concerns brings, but the opportunities that collaboration has provided. The corporate voice of Dominicans is impressive, as shown in the DSI web seminar.


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