Sometimes God Calls Through a Song

Blog by Associate Mary Ellen George, OPA

The lyrics to the song Hosea (Come Back to Me), are inviting my attention as I write this soon-to-be summertime reflection.  If you are not familiar with this song, the first two lines are captivating:

Come back to me with all your heart
Don’t let fear keep us apart

We hear the Faithful One calling to us and encouraging us to not surrender to whatever fear or doubts separate us from each other. We are invited into a dance to swing and swirl with a free spirit, to open ourselves to Divine beauty, where the next two lines tell us:

Trees do bend, though straight and tall;
So must we to others’ call.

In the bending of the trees, we hear the call to justice, the call to be with and for one another. We must open our hearts and remember that we make this human journey together.  We need each other and the message that we are being invited to hold is to remember what the Divine whispers to us in every season of life:

Long have I waited for your coming
Home to me and living
deeply our new life.

Summer awaits us with heart-felt yearnings to let the beauty of Mother Nature seep into our being, into our soul.  Closing my eyes to visualize all the beauty that nature brings to us during this season, I feel the joy of new life arising. And yet, I wonder if everyone has this opportunity to feel, to see, and to experience this beauty and this possibility for new beginnings.  Can we hear and believe the words to the next stanza of this song:

The wilderness will lead you to your heart
Where I will speak.
Integrity and justice
With tenderness you shall know.

Wherever life’s journey finds or leads you, I hope you find space to come home to your Self, to the Creator where love and compassion are eager to hold you. May we each rest in and know this Holy space.

Perhaps the wind that whistles through the trees is carrying a message to you, inviting you to see and hear God’s call for you to explore becoming a religious sister.  When you are ready, we encourage you to contact us.

Posted in Vocations Blog

Prayer Is No Walk in the Park

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

The crisis levels are waning. The days of rapid spread of the virus, hospitalizations and death, in most countries, are much lower; the violence of last summer has brought us to days of trying to sort it all out. But now is the time of desperation. I know that sounds dramatic, but consider…. People are desperate for jobs; for money to pay rent, utilities, insurance; for day care; for gasoline; for fearing that they will end up arguing with someone about mask/no mask or vaccinated/not vaccinated; for a feeling that they can make ends meet no matter how they do it…. Do I need to go on?

People think it is just too “pie in the sky” to keep saying, “Thank God I have my faith”. But consider this, how many times have you spoken in sadness, in grief, in joy, in anger? How many times have you screamed to the heavens to make it all end? How many times have you asked God “WHY”? How many more entries will there be in your journals where you ask God to give some answers? Those are deep and powerful prayers, more from the heart than maybe ever before, but they capture the human spirit trying to connect with its creator and make some sense of it all.

There are people all around us who say that they cannot pray, they cannot find the words any more; so we have to pray for them. If we have no other remedies for them, our prayers can find a way. Pope Francis, in his first in-person audience since the pandemic, spoke about prayer and said “it is no walk in the park. Yes, one can pray like a parrot,….but that is not prayer.”

Look to your heart and pray with it. Yell at God; cry with God; scream out your frustrations to God. God knows it all and holds it close. Our prayers are very real and God knows what is in our hearts before we even speak! What a blessing!

Posted in Weekly Word

Join Us in Our Mission for Peace

Peace is more than an idea … it’s a way of life. If you want to be part of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, and be part of our work to build peace, here is your opportunity.

If you believe that you are being called by God to serve and to build peace, please join us for a three-part, summer-long virtual retreat that will include real-life peacebuilding in your own community.

Do you Imagine Peace?

Sunday, June 13, 2021, 2 PM EDT – 5 PM EDT

How do you imagine peace? How does it feel? What does it look like? And what is your part in making peace a reality?

Explore these and other questions in our June session. During this event, you will be invited to find opportunities in your own community to build peach by preaching the love of Christ through your works… an important part of consecrated life as a Dominican Sister of Peace.

 

 

 

Do you want to Be the Change?

Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 2 PM EDT – 5 PM EDT

You are blessed to hear the call of God … but what’s next?

How do you walk more closely within your own life, and are you called to live a life of community, service, prayer, and study with the Dominican Sisters of Peace? Share your own thoughts with other women like you, and take time to serve those around you.

 

 

 

 

Do you want to Walk in Peace?

Sunday, August 15, 2021, at 2 PM EDT – 5 PM EDT

 

Your walk with God is a walk of peace. Join us as we share what we have learned about our faith and ourselves, and how we can continue to serve God in our communities.

 

This free, virtual program is open to women 18 – 45 years old. To learn more or to register, click here. 

Posted in God Calling?, Vocations Blog

Plastic Pollution

Blog by Associate Theresa Kempker

Many of us have seen pictures of plastic pollution, the litter that is everywhere, fouling rivers and oceans, ensnaring animals, getting tangled in farm machines.  My niece recently has gone to great lengths to stop bringing plastic into her kitchen.  She also has the ability to drive to a nearby town to shop to buy foods in her own containers.  But almost assuredly single-use plastic was used in the production and delivery of that food.

Plastic is also used to give us a better life.  Because of plastic, cars are safer, technology works, and medical care unheard of 150 years ago is possible.  How do we stop the pollution and the mounds of discarded plastic, yet enjoy the benefits of this material?  Maybe we recycle our milk jugs and, in some areas, our yogurt containers and dish soap bottles.  And of course, we should try to use less plastic in our lives.  But what we must do is demand that world leaders curb the use of Virgin Single-Use Plastic Polymers (VSUPP).

VSUPP are made from fossil fuels.  They are the plastic most likely to end up in the ocean, where they negatively effect marine life and the ocean’s ability to store carbon.  They often end up polluting developing countries the worst, being burned or dumped.

In 2019, just 20 polymer producers accounted for more than half of all single-use plastic waste generated globally[1]—and the top 100 accounted for 90 per cent, with major global investors aiding the VSUPP production through investment or lending.  We must demand that governments and companies learn to produce and use recycled polymers.  All governments and companies should have policies about the disposition of all plastic, including single-use.  Developed nations supply VSUPP to underdeveloped countries to manufacture single-use plastics, but the developed nations make no plans to control any resulting pollution; this must stop.

What can we do?  Raise awareness.  We must limit our use of plastics and use recycled when possible.  When plastics keep us safe or healthy or connected, give thanks.  And then, write to the companies.  ExxonMobil and Dow are major producers of VSUPP, and US based.  Vanguard, BlackRock, and Capital are US investors.  Barclays, HSBC, and, Bank of America are major lenders from the US.

[1] https://www.minderoo.org/plastic-waste-makers-index/findings/executive-summary/  Accessed May 23, 2021.

Posted in Peace & Justice Blog

Livestream Link for National College “Preaching in Action” Conference

Wednesday, May 26
Opening Prayer [ 12:00-12:30PM EDT | 11:00-11:30AM CDT | 9:00-9:30AM PDT ]
*Dominican Family Panel & Prayer [ 2:45-3:30PM EDT | 1:45-2:30PM CDT | 11:45AM-12:30PM PDT ]
*Prayer [ 3:40-4:10PM EDT | 2:40-3:10PM CDT | 12:40-1:10PM PDT ]

* Will be on the same stream.

Thursday, May 27
**Opening Prayer [ 12:00-12:30PM EDT | 11:00-11:30AM CDT | 9:00-9:30AM PDT ]
**Talk on Racism by Herman Johnson OP [ 12:35-1:35PM EDT | 11:35AM-12:35PM CDT | 9:35-10:35AM PDT ]
Prayer [ 3:40-4:10PM EDT | 2:40-3:10PM CDT | 12:40-1:10PM PDT ]

** Will be on the same stream.

Friday, May 28
Opening Prayer [ 12:00-12:30PM EDT | 11:00-11:30AM CDT | 9:00-9:30AM PDT ]
Prayer [ 3:45PM EDT | 2:45PM CDT | 12:45PM PDT ]

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