Do you love running, soccer, biking? Reading? Listening to music? Praying? Dabbling with paints or in photography? Studying? Dancing? Spending time with close friends? Making a difference through service?
Are you aware of the times in your life when you are fully engaged in the moment?
Are you aware of the times when you are wishing you were somewhere else or doing something else?
When was the last time you asked someone for something? When you sought something new? When you knocked on a door to enter a new place? As you imagine those feelings of anticipation, or perhaps are currently experiencing them yourself, think of Ana Gonzalez who will begin her journey with us as a Candidate on Saturday, January 18. She stands at our door and knocks.
Ana's journey and ours to this moment began long ago – at her baptism and ours. What we celebrate on Saturday is the intersection of her holy journey and ours. What a gift to welcome Ana!
Sister Nancy Schreck, OSF, used this question - the same one God had spoken to the man and woman in the garden in Genesis - "Where are you?" to challenge those of us present at the Religious Formation Conference Congress in St. Louis, MO, November 14-17, 2013.
Where are you?
Are you in the Philippines helping to relieve the suffering of the people after the typhoon? Are you in your neighborhood working to help eliminate violence of all kinds? Are you teaching? Are you caring for the sick or the poor or the elderly? Are you spending time in contemplation for the healing of yourself and the world? Are you in the struggle and in the dialogue within the Church and with those in society who continue to deny the gifts of women.
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.
As the eleventh child in a family of thirteen children, I had many opportunities to practice peace-building skills. Looking back, though, I likely used the "fight-or-flight" or other conflict-avoidance methods rather than any of the active nonviolent techniques that are being taught in peace-building seminars and classes today. But I guess we did pretty well as a family, since we are still very caring and supportive of each other today - a great gift to have and for which I am very grateful.
Would you like to catch a glimpse of novitiate life today? Dominican Sisters of Peace Anne Knight and Bea Tiboldi, plus the other novices at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate (CDN) in St. Louis, MO, are sharing reflections on their blogs (see links below). Please feel free to post a reply or make a comment at the end of blog posts.
*Please note that links to Dominican Sisters of Peace CDN blogs may also be found on the homepage!
"You are a people dear to me and I know the plans I have for you. Plans for a future full of hope where visions and dreams will all come true, for I your God am with you…."
Words from the song, "Walk Along with Me," written by the late Sr. Rita McManus, OP, inspired the participants at the Come and See weekend held at the Dominican Retreat/Conference Center in Niskayuna, NY.
Women in discernment, Sisters, and an Associate prayed, shared, walked, sang, and spent time in silence together as we engaged questions related to discernment and God's grace acting in our lives (view photos from the weekend!).
Great joy and great sorrow accompany those arriving at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate (CDN) this week: joy for the anticipation of the gifts of the year for novices, Srs. Anne Knight, Bea Tiboldi, and the other three Dominican novices; and sorrow as Co-Director Dominican Sister of Peace Joye Gros, OP, grieves the recent death of her brother. May their community be a source of love and care for each of them.
As I traveled back from Houston to Akron recently, I read an article in the airline's magazine about a young man who had traveled with his girlfriend from coast to coast in a red corvette convertible. They had only a small amount of money at the beginning of the trip, so in order to finance their travels, they stopped along the way to earn money by picking berries or taking the early shift at a donut and coffee shop. It took them two and a half months to cross the United States.
Joining the Dominican Sisters of Peace affords many opportunities for praying and working with Sisters and Associates in our congregation and also with Sisters, Associates, Friars, Nuns, and Laity in our larger Dominican family. Ask any of our Sisters or Associates and she/he will be able to give you a personal example from her/his own life.