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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 Vision of Wholeness

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The vision of wholeness—total health and well-being—is the supreme will of our God and is the outgrowth of a covenant of shalom found in Ezekiel. "I will make a covenant of peace with them, and rid the country of ravenous beasts, that they may dwell securely in the desert and sleep in forests. I will place them about my hill, sending rain in due season, rains that shall be a blessing to them. The trees of the field shall bear their fruits, and the land its crops, and they shall dwell securely on their own soil" (Ezekiel 35: 24-27). In this covenant, persons are bound not only to God but to one another in a caring, sharing, rejoicing community with none to make them afraid. This shalom pertains to all creation. The prophets spoke of a world in which creation is reconciled and harmony appears between children and snakes, among all kinds of natural enemies.

Charity and Justice

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." We are all familiar with this adage about charity and justice. Charity is vital in emergency situations but it does not resolve longer term problems. Social services agencies understand this dynamic and often provide counseling, job training and medical care along with free food at a soup kitchen or food pantry.

"If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it."

Monday, May 19, 2014

"If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it." - Jesus of Nazareth

The washing of feet. It was the work of slaves. Everybody knew that. But Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, then he tried to explain why he did it and he concluded by saying: "If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it."

(John 13:17) In other words, as Richard Rohr says: "Jesus has given service to others a dignity which is totally independent of status. Jesus' whole raison d'etre for being among us was to serve. It is not a humbling of Jesus, it is love actualized by service."

"And They Loved Us Here!"

Thursday, May 15, 2014

May is a time filled with special occasions - graduations, first communions, weddings, and anniversaries of all sorts. This May, I shared in a very special celebration, the 100th Anniversary celebration of St. Andrew Avellino Parish in Flushing, NY, and it was a GRAND day! Five Dominican Sisters of Peace, Srs. Barbara DeCrosta, Carole Hermann, Maryann Lawlor, Pat Thomas (not pictured) and I attended. We felt proud to represent so many of our Sisters who served there over the years - almost 90 years out of the 100!

Introduction to Understanding Biblical Themes

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In the early 2000's, Chalice Press published a series titled Understanding Biblical Themes. Biblical theologian Walter Brueggemann's book on peace is a part of that series. I will in the next few months offer on this blog excerpts from his book that we as Dominican Sisters of Peace may more understand the title we are attempting to live into. Through the Spirit, Jesus breathes on us and in us "peace that the world cannot give." In the preface of the book, highlights the sixties' and seventies' commitment to shalom, commenting that it was "on the romantic side and lacked a critical edge, a liberal propensity to think that if we all said well and we all did well, all would be well." He goes on to talk about prime texts of shalom: Psalm 85, vv. 9-13, Jeremiah 29:11-14, and Micah 5:2-5.

The War on Girls Now Out in the Open

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

For sale: Nigerian girls: $12. The sex slave trade received a boost when the Boko Haram terrorists captured 276 Nigerian school girls in the dark of night. Fortunately, a few were able to escape.

There is much to be sad, mad and concerned about in this horrific event. Reports from the area indicate that Nigerian military commanders were warned four hours before the kidnapping that the terror group was on its way to raid the boarding school in Chibok. No effort was made to prevent the abductions. President Goodluck Jonathan waited three weeks before addressing the public on the abductions. He refused international help when it was first offered. The leader of the region recently gave a ten-minute speech of mumbled condolence. He did not meet with the mothers of the missing girls. Too busy? Really?

Dreaming With Others To Discover Possibilities

Monday, May 12, 2014

"When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream.
When we are dreaming with others, it is a beginning of reality."
- Dom Helder Camara

Dominican Associates of Peace have had the opportunity since 2009 to dream with others to create the reality of what it means to be an Associate in mission with the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Donna Markham, OP, has stated that "social dreaming invites participants to activate both the 'power of the community' and the 'power of the dream' to create a new communal culture. Social dreaming encourages analyzing the present, planning for the future, but also calls us to dream together to discover possibilities."

51st Annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Pope Francis wrote a message to us entitled, "Vocations, Witness to the Truth." In his opening paragraph he starts out with the familiar scripture from Matthew 9:35-38 which reads, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." His reflection on these words touched my heart deeply and I would like to share that section with you:

The Way of God

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

In our Easter Scripture readings, we see clearly that the Gospel is preached and spread by a community of preachers. No one was in the preaching endeavor alone. One of my seminary students, James Kulway, speaks to this indirectly in his final reflection paper for our class. The way of God is not always perfectly clear, distinct, and obvious at first glance. God works and moves in our lives in profound and tremendous ways but such is the design of God that God's ways take interpretation, faith, understanding; it takes naming, and it most especially often takes another person. The preacher is this other person to name the ways of God, to tell how God is moving in our lives, to speak prophetically to the people of God. James, of course, was referring to a single preacher in a homiletic event. However, his words apply well to those of us called to witnessing the Gospel by our lives.

Execute Justice, Not People

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Clayton Lockett, an inmate on Oklahoma's death row, was executed last week. However, everything went terribly wrong. The medical report indicated that some of the three drugs used in the execution did not enter the inmate's system because the vein collapsed. Medical officials tried for nearly an hour to find a vein, with no success, finally inserting it in his groin. He was not given enough of the drug combination to kill him.

A reporter who was present described Lockett as "breathing heavily, writhing, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow." He died a few minutes later from a heart attack.

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