Catherine of Siena called the terrible, terrible, and the ungodly, ungodly, and in that act, she is calling all of us – yet, still and always – to do the same. Indeed Catherine of Siena is not an event; Catherine of Siena is a sign of what we all must go on being….Her teaching was from the Holy Spirit. She went into the heart of God to see the world as God saw the world, and she spoke from the perspective of what was right, rather than what was legal, normal, or 'necessary.'
~ Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB from her acceptance speech for the St. Catherine of Siena Award April 1992, St. Catharine, Kentucky
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).
These words by Dominican Sisters of Peace Prioress Margaret Ormond, OP, during the recent Leadership Team webcast remained with me as I moved through the next day's paperwork, phone calls, and national updates from cable news and Pope Francis Chronicles from NCR (National Catholic Reporter). And, I asked myself, who am I called to make peace with?
Recently I had read the following analysis and it compels me and I know many Dominican Sisters and Associates to commit to our ministries to underserved communities:
"Communicating over long distances has been a challenge throughout history. Early methods of communication include runners, smoke signals, chains of searchlights, drums, carrier pigeons, the Pony Express and the telegraph. Then in 1876 Alexander Graham Bell ushered in a new era of voice communication." ~ Jaimie Wood, AVATEL Blog, April 15, 2013
"By breath, by blood, by body, by spirit, we are all one. The air that is my breath is the air that you are breathing. And the air that is your breath is the air that I am breathing. By breath, by blood, by body, by spirit, we areall one." By Breathe - Lyrics by Sara Thomsen
"You will be right to depend on prophecy and take it as a lamp for lighting a way through the dark until the dawn comes and the morning star rises in your minds." ~ 2 Peter 1:19
Associate Ceil Amendolia, OPA, proclaimed the words of Peter to everyone present in Niskayuna, New York, at the Commitment Ceremony for discerning de' Ricci Associates. She continued: "We know full well that who we are and what we do influences the people we encounter in our day to day experiences. We are women and men who belong to something so much bigger than we could imagine. We know today that we are women and men moved by the Holy Spirit."
"When Dominic and his first companions knocked at the door of the English theologian, Alexander Stavensby, and asked to learn from the master, Dominic, already a preacher of experience and knowledge, was proclaiming that to be faithful to his call he needed to learn and to be open to new ideas all his life." ~ Dominican Women in Today's World, Mary O'Driscoll, OP
"Go to my brothers and sisters and tell them, I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, 'I have seen the Lord' and what he told her." ~ John 20:18