Sr. Cathy Arnold, OP

Dream Great Dreams!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

"A person is a product of their dreams. So make sure to dream great dreams.
And then try to live your dream." - Maya Angelou

You Are To Die For

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Has anyone told you recently, "You are to die for?!"

Recently I heard Associate Larry Vuillemin, relay the words from a plaque on someone's desk which read, "I'm not perfect, but Jesus thinks I'm to die for." This phrase has stayed with me in the few weeks since, and I find myself asking, who or what am I willing to die for? Am I eagerly listening and looking for ways I can put love into action?

In the Gospel from John 15:12-17 for Friday, May 23, we hear Jesus tell his disciples that there is no greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. Am I willing to die for my friends? Am I willing to die for strangers who are victims of injustice and violence? The questions have definitely given me something to ponder.

Leadership for Peace - What's Up?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

When was the last time you were in conflict with another person? How did you resolve the issue or did you?

The women in the Leadership for Peace project spent several hours on Saturday, April 5, practicing mediation skills of listening, reframing, identifying conflict issues in a situation, and helping those in conflict to come to some type of acceptable solutions. Even though role playing, the women could easily find themselves able to understand the emotions and walk in the shoes of the persons described in the case studies.

Leadership for Peace is a collaborative project of Dominican Sisters of Peace and Ohio Dominican University in which the students learn peace building skills related to interpersonal negotiation and mediation, addressing injustices, and forgiveness and reconciliation. Professor Julie Hart teaches the three hour credit class.

If You Can Read This, Pay It Forward!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I am often amazed at what I take for granted in my daily life. Recently, I had the opportunity to see photos and hear experiences of one of our Sisters who traveled to Haiti. Sr. Marguerite Chandler, OP, volunteered for a week with a co-worker as part of a group called Functional Literacy Ministry of Haiti, a Christian nonprofit organization that "empowers Haitians through Christ with education, health care, and hope."

Sr. Marguerite talked about the young children and teens in the classes and how eager they were to learn even though they only have a minimum number of books and supplies. What she remembers more than the poverty is the commitment of children and adults to education as a way to a richer future for themselves, their land and their country.

What is Your Heart's Desire? Who and What Makes You Smile?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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?

Ask…Seek…Knock

Thursday, January 16, 2014

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!

Where are you?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Where are you?

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.

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.

When will we ever learn?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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.

Looking Inside Novitiate Life!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

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!

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