Have you ever taken an early morning or evening walk when the sun hasn’t risen or after it has set? You can see the objects but you can’t see their color. Everything is some shade of gray. There is no light to illuminate them. After the sun rises, even if it is overcast, you can see color; but when the sun is present, we see the brilliant scarlets of azaleas (soon to be here!), the golden yellow of forsythia, or the soft violet of lilacs. Continue reading →
Dominican Sister of Peace Matilda Vaitekaitis, OP (97), died at Mohun Health Care Center (Columbus, OH) on March 31, 2016. She was born in Worcester, MA, and served in the United States Navy prior to entering the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (Nashville, TN) in 1950. In 1972 she made her profession in the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Continue reading →
Earlier this week when I drove to work, I heard a story on NPR about truckers who were working to raise awareness of human trafficking and how to save trafficking victims. This good news story does not come as a surprise to me since I was aware of Truckers Against Trafficking, an organization founded in 2009 to educate truckers about the critical issue of human trafficking and challenge them to act to save lives through their awareness and willingness to act when observing suspicious behavior.
Every day we see truckers around the country delivering mail and transporting everything from the mundane to the exotic. This effort of TAT is a lifesaving effort that has already paid off many times over. Truckers are the eyes and ears of the nation’s highways and are uniquely qualified to help law enforcement confront the problem of sexual exploitation. Continue reading →
The Feast of the Annunciation (transferred this year to today) celebrates Mary’s willing acceptance of the Son of God birthed within her, followed by a growing realization of dangerous social/religious implications for her and Joseph once she is found to be “with child” before their marriage. Both Mary and followers of Jesus, having witnessed his horrific crucifixion and death, discover with mounting joy the reality and meaning of Christ’s Resurrection – a joy unending! The Gospel of Jesus that we follow, believe, and celebrate throughout the liturgical year takes us through countless ups and downs, gradually teaching us a spirituality of trust and joy unending.
Whether it is good news followed by bad news, or bad news followed by good news, love can take us on a harrowing, sometimes thrilling roller coaster ride as Associate Dave Marcil, OPA shares in this reflection: Continue reading →
In support of our congregation’s membership in the “Win Without War” organization, I receive their email alerts (which, thankfully, are sent sparingly compared to a lot of organizations – but that’s a topic for another blog). At the end of February, the organization sent an email that asked us to write to our senators and representatives to support the closing of Guantanamo Bay, a US interrogation site in Cuba. This request challenged me. Weren’t the prisoners terrorists? I had heard there was talk of putting them in a prison somewhere in the United States. How would I feel if I lived in the community near that prison? Continue reading →