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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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Stringfellow: Living According to the Word of God

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Perhaps you caught the article in the November 12 issue of the National Catholic Reporter written by John Dear, SJ, titled "The World — and Word — According to William Stringfellow." Stringfellow, a lay theologian, Episcopalian, and social critic, authored a number of books as well as articles for Sojourner magazine. He was a strong advocate for peace. I share with you a portion of Dear's article because of its relevance to Dominican living:

"For Stringfellow, living according to the Word of God was key. He writes:

The Journey to Compassion

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

How does one who lives in a world of constant distractions arrive at a life stance of compassion? This ever-present challenge is one that is daunting for most people. To be a contemplative walking the road to compassion in 21st century America is to embrace a counter-cultural stance. We live in a fast-paced, fast-lane, fast-food culture that holds multi-tasking in high esteem.

Our technological era has greatly improved the speed of communication, but not the quality of communication. Speaking to a live person on the phone has become a thing of the past, and we often pay financially to do so. We have become machine-oriented rather than people-oriented. Privacy fences separate neighbors. I'm grateful to still have - and do purposefully take advantage of - the opportunities to go into book stores and to check out with a live person in a grocery.

Finding the Word of God in the Story of Each Day

Monday, November 18, 2013

How often have you thought of something really important to you and wished you could "shout it from the rooftops?" Dominican Associates, as followers of Christ Jesus and St. Dominic, are called to be preachers of Christ's Good News, the Word of God, from the pulpit of our lives, and from other pulpits according to our gifts and life circumstances. Associate Lucy Strohl of Great Bend, Kansas, shares her experiences of preachings from the "pulpit" of the phone, giving a glimpse of her connections across the miles with home-bound Associates of Peace:

"Do we have the capacity to find the Word of God in the story of each day?"

In God's Service

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Promoting vowed religious life and a life of service to God and the people of God continues to be important to the life to the Church. As a Vocation Minister, it is deeply gratifying when others assist in promoting consecrated life as a viable life choice for young people of the 21st century. On November 5, 2013, Black Catholic Ministries of Columbus and the Diocese of Columbus Office of Vocations sponsored, "In God’s Service," a vocation event for students in the diocesan high schools and held at Christ the King Church in Columbus, OH. The program offered information and helpful discernment materials, while also allowing personal interaction with people in vowed and ordained ministry. An important part of the program focused on four participants who shared their unique call and journey into serving God as an associate, a sister, a deacon and a priest.

The Journey to the School of the Americas Continues

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thousands of concerned citizens from around the United States will travel to Ft. Benning, Georgia, for the School of the Americas demonstration, November 22-24, to call for its closing. In response to substantial numbers of opponents to the existence of the school, the U.S. government closed the doors in 2000; however, it reopened in 2001 with the name Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. The response from the SOA Watch: "different name, same shame." In the shame spotlight are graduate-dictators notorious for their brutality and human-rights violations, including Argentina's Leopoldo Galtieri, Rios Montt of Guatemala, Raoul Condras of Haiti, and Roberto D'Aubuisson, who killed and tortured thousands during the civil war in El Salvador.

A rainbow appeared and the dove returned with an olive branch

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day is a "celebration to honor all of America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good." In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…" (source: Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs).

10 Tips for Positive Aging

Friday, November 8, 2013

"As we age, our spiritual pace quickens."
~ Richard P. Johnson, PhD

Preach, Build, Be Peace

Thursday, November 7, 2013

As Dominican Sisters and Associates, preaching is our charism – the gift that we receive and the gift we are called to share. Yet, often I find it challenging to 'preach' about my faith in public circles and prefer sharing quietly how God is active in my life and in the lives of those I love, a way of preaching that each of us often does on a daily basis.

A recent example of how I witnessed God acting in my life and in the lives of others was at the Leadership for Peace orientation weekend in October. Women from Ohio Dominican University who were recommended to participate in this program openly shared how God and their faith have blessed them with strength and guidance. Their willingness to share added depth and meaning to the gathering and became a preaching to me, and I think to the others present, too.

In God We Live and Move and Have Our Being

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The topic of my class for deacons last week was "paying attention" - growing in awareness that God is at work all around us and within us. We determined that recognizing God's daily presence depended a great deal upon our perception of God. Do we live the truth of Paul's statement, "In God we live and move and have our being?" Once again, I refer to Fr. Robert Barron's words in his book Bridging the Great Divide: "God is not so much somewhere else as somehow else. What emerges from this… is the insight that God is totally other and unspeakably close. God pours himself out with reckless abandon into every nook and cranny of finitude, and he can draw finitude infinitely beyond himself.

The Deadly Journey to Freedom

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or are forced to leave their home for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all, for being more.
~ Pope Francis

Headlines from the Associated Press on November 4 reported that a wooden boat with 70 refugees sank off the western coast of Myanmar in the Bay of Bengal. Only eight survivors were recovered from the boat, which had been carrying many women, children, and infants. History continues to repeat itself in this region because of sectarian violence during the last 18 months. Victims have been Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority in a predominately Buddhist nation.

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