When I was discerning my call to religious life and finally decided on a congregation, I began the application process. There were so many things I didn’t have a clue about. One of the questions on the application was, “Do you have a spiritual director and for how long have you been seeing them?” What was spiritual direction and why did the vocation director think I needed it? My fear was that they must have realized that I wasn’t really good at prayer or that I sometimes questioned some of the teaching of the church? I was at an impasse so I called the vocation director to humbly admit I had no idea what they were talking about. Continue reading →
Remember “The Talk”? You know the one when our parents got all fidgety and cleared their throats a lot; or the one in school when they used to separate the boys from the girls, and we giggled a lot? Maybe you’ve had to have “the Talk” with your own kids in recent years. Sometimes parents don’t even bother ’cause they figure the info is all over the internet so no big deal; they’ll cross that bridge when they come to it. Continue reading →
“The pilots sit in dimly lit, air-conditioned trailers, each staring at glowing video and data screens while holding a joystick that controls an armed drone flying somewhere in the world. The 500 or so pilots here help launch missiles at Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq, provide over watch of U.S. Special Forces raids in Afghanistan. ‘Every single day this base is at war.’ ”
W. J. Hennigan – Los Angeles Times
I am an Associate of the Dominican Sisters of Peace from Columbus, OH. At our July 2016 Assembly in Columbus our Associates’ panel was asked to share on ways in which we live out the Chapter Commitments. I was assigned the first commitment: Study, contemplate, and preach God’s revelation discovered in the unfolding mystery of creation and in Sacred Scripture.
In 1991 St. Dominic’s preaching charism drew me to the Dominican Sisters in Akron, Ohio, whose mission statement read (in part), “We are called by God in the spirit of the Dominican tradition to be women who hear, remember and proclaim the Word spoken to us in Jesus Christ.” Continue reading →
How would you answer this provocative question? At our recent congregational Assembly, more than 300 Dominican Sisters of Peace and Associates gathered for several days to ponder our response to this question for 2016 and beyond. We came together in prayer, contemplation and celebration. We came to dialogue about how the wisdom of the Spirit was moving us as individual Sisters and as a congregation :sent to preach the Gospel in every season.” We came to discern individually and collectively how we are being called to contribute effectively in light of challenges in today’s world. As followers of Christ, we all must ask and find the answer to this essential question. Continue reading →