Diplomacy or War?

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

After Secretary of State John Kerry announced an historic agreement to prevent Iran from creating a nuclear bomb, the airways heated up, unfortunately with more heat than light. This agreement represents many months of challenging, principled diplomacy with the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, Germany and Iran. At every turn the key component was the demand that the US and allies would verify that Iran was reducing its nuclear stockpile. One could hear in the distance President Reagan’s voice, “Trust and then verify!”

While there is never a perfect agreement, my hope is that politicians on both sides of the aisle will read the agreement, noting the many strengths and choose diplomacy. The strengths are many:
-International inspectors will monitor Iran’s nuclear program at every single stage.
-It would increase the time it would take Iran to acquire enough material for one bomb from 2-3
months to at least 1 year.
-It would reduce Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium.
-The agreement would prevent Iran from producing weapons grade plutonium.
-Iran’s nuclear activities would be tracked with robust transparency and inspections.

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Posted in Peace & Justice Blog

A Weekend Filled With Heart and Soul

Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA
Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA

“What must we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.” John 6:28-29

It was a weekend filled with prayer, personal sharing, laughter and tears. The Fifth Annual Associates Retreat held at the Dominican Retreat House in McLean, VA, was also a weekend of beginnings and endings. The Planning Committee (Associates Linda Goff-VA, Patricia Elizabeth Kelly-Evans- PA, Ginger Kroos – KS, Muriel Laliberte-VA, Barbara Madigan- PA, Jackie Paluszak-OH, Deborah Stilson- NY, Joanne Thomas-PA)designed a retreat to engage the 35 participants in deep listening, group sharing, artistic expression and time for contemplative walks and quiet personal reflection. Continue reading →

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About Flags Coming Down

Diana Culbertson, OP
Blog by Sr. Diana Culbertson, OP

“It’s only a symbol” is a convenient excuse for dismissing invasive reality. Symbols depend on reality for their power, beauty and energy. If used over a long period of time, a symbol accumulates energy and by definition participates in the reality symbolized. Sacraments are specific symbolic actions, entering into the reality they symbolize. Water does cleanse; bread feeds; oil heals. The sacramental use of these material things offers more than material cleansing, feeding and healing – not because the accompanying prayers are magic but because God uses matter to cleanse, feed and heal us. How else can we be reached? We are not, as we have been reminded often, pure spirits. God reaches us where we are, marooned between heaven and Earth. Continue reading →

Posted in Just Reflecting