Stressed Much?

Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP

Does the media and new administration stress you out?

Are you still stressing over the new government in America? How many emails, snail mails, Facebook posts have you received telling you, commanding you, to write your Congress people, local government leaders, neighbors and anyone else who make decisions, to end this craziness; to tell Washington you are tired of the lies and the lack of justice. Continue reading →

Posted in Weekly Word

Entertaining Angels Through Hospitality

Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt
Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

I’ve been tempted to give up social media these past few weeks. While I enjoy the social aspect and the quick connection to family and friends, the flood of endless political pictures, articles and videos have inundated my newsfeed and provided a constant reminder of the difficult and still divisive political climate we find ourselves in. The simplicity of ignoring social media is tempting (and perhaps even news outlets), yet I’m trying to remain positive and continue finding avenues to fuel social justice work. Continue reading →

Posted in Peace & Justice Blog

Called to be Holy

Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP
Blog by Associate Co-Director Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP

Great is Your Holiness, O God, (repeat)
Great is Your Holiness,
Gracious in Righteousness,
Great is Your Holiness,
and we bow to You.

Form us in holiness and truth,
Teach us to live in holy peace.
Sharing Your Godliness,
You fill our emptiness.
Great is Your Holiness,
and we worship You. Continue reading →

Posted in Associate Blog

Wondering What Love is About?

Blog by Associate Mary Ellen George, OPA
Blog by Associate Mary Ellen George, OPA

In First Corinthians, you can find many passages about love. Most commonly known to many is the passage, “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” in 1 Corinthians 13:7. I invite you to take a moment with me to think about what each of these proclamations might call forth from us as we reflect on what love entails.

Love Bears All Things

By bearing or sharing each other’s concerns within our hearts, we open ourselves to being God’s instrument of hope and peace to a hurting world. We enter into a space of being with and being in solidarity with another, where oftentimes we are the ones who are transformed. Compassion and empathy can be borne from honoring the trust placed in us to share another person’s concerns. Continue reading →

Posted in God Calling?, News

When Black Women were Better than White Men

Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP
Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP

Honoring Black History Month

I saw the film Hidden Figures recently. You should go see it too.

The film tells a story about Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), who were only a few of the many African-American women who worked at NASA’s space program, making possible the first orbital flight of John Glenn.

It is also a story about how personal humiliation perpetrated by NASA engineers draws out the resilience of the three women – and their resilience leads to a breakthrough by the engineers. Katherine, Dorothy and Mary were employed to do the computations needed for space flight before computers had names like IBM. In fact, they were called “computers.” Continue reading →

Posted in News, Weekly Word