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Season of Creation Prayer Service: October 3, 2021

Season of Creation
October 3, 2021


Introductory Comments As we enter the final days of this year’s Season of Creation, our readings invite us to reflect on creation and the sacredness of the bonds that unite us all.  The reading from the second creation myth in Genesis focuses upon God’s sensitive attention to Adam’s loneliness and the special gift of human attraction and bonding that unites care for Earth.  In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us that what God has thus joined together, no human being must separate.

This warning takes on new, more profound, and challenging meaning as we become aware through contemporary science that every creature is actually “joined together” with every other in complex and evolving webs of interdependence.

As we begin, let’s enter into the quiet of our spirits … asking to be more conscious of the webs of interconnected life within which we live … upon which we depend … which invite our care … asking for gratitude and awe … asking to be a part of birthing the New Creation in our times….


!st reading: Genesis 2:18-24 We see God’s sensitive care for the needs of the first human, Adam, formed from the clay of the Earth.

Reflection: It is important to give greater attention to those other living creatures that this passage from Genesis refers to as “tame and wild animals and birds.

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps.128:1-6

Response – May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.

Reflection: What blessings have we received today?

2nd  reading:  Hebrews 2:9-11

Reflection: We ought to turn our minds more attentively to what we have been taught so that we do not drift away.

Gospel:  Mark 10:2-16  Like God’s love for us, can we accept where God takes us?  May we trust in God and welcome his reign of love in our lives.

Reflection – A new vision of interconnected and interdependent “family relations” is emerging before our contemplative presence.  It is inviting us to a new level of consciousness and trust.  And it demands a new level of global solidarity for Care of the Earth and all for whom it is home if humans are to have a place in its future evolution.

Music selections – optional

E – Entrance | O – Offertory | C – Communion | D – Dismissal

E- For the Beauty of the Earth Folliet S. Pierpoint

O – Love One Another Feargal King, C 2000 WLP

C- Set Your Heart on the High Gifts, by Stephen C. Warner, C1992 WLP

D-Prayer of Saint Francis St. Francis of Assisi, adapt, Sebastian Temple, C1967 OCP

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Posted in Peace & Justice Blog

Celebrating our 2021 Jubilarians

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Romans 12:12-13

We are blessed to celebrate and honor those Dominican Sisters of Peace who mark Jubilees of their entrance to Dominican life in 2021.


Jubilarians celebrated at the St. Catharine Motherhouse in Kentucky.






Celebrating Jubilarians in Great Bend, KS.







Celebrating Jubilarians in Akron, OH.










Sr. June Elglebright celebrates 60 years with friends in Louisiana.










Sr. Teresita Huse celebrating 85 years of religious life and service to God’s people.









Columbus Motherhouse Jubilarians







Posted in Jubilees, News

Be the hope God calls you to be

Blog by Sr. Bea Tiboldi, OP

What is your reason for hope?

In what ways do you communicate this hope to others?

Last Fall, during the Convocation of the National Religious Vocation Conference, Sr. Addie Walker, SSND gave a talk entitled, “Reason for our hope: a testimony of our life, death, and resurrection in Christ Jesus,” which was also published in the Winter 2021 edition of Horizon Magazine.  A year later, her talk continues to inspire me and so I want to share some highlights from this article so that all of us might rekindle our hope in Christ, and to be an instrument of God’s hope.

Recognizing the needs of our times… the need for an end to racism, and the need for racial harmony and healing, “in times like this, we need hope!” she wrote. “There are fires in California, hurricanes in the Gulf, tornadoes and floods across the Midwest. In times like this, we need hope.” “We’re experiencing high unemployment, exhausted health care workers, students moved to online platforms for study and mentoring, local businesses at minimum capacity, churches unable to gather in regular capacity for worship and prayer. In times like these, we need hope.”

We need hope – even in times like now…

Pope Francis dedicated the year of 2015 to a year focusing on Consecrated Life, and in his talk he said: “It is precisely amid these uncertainties (…) that we are called to practice the virtue of hope. (…) This hope is not based on statistics or accomplishments, but in ‘Christ Jesus our hope’ (cf 1 Tim 1:1), the One for whom ‘nothing is impossible’ (Lk 1:37).”

Sr. Addie encourages us: “Do something! Live the gospel, radically, now!” She writes this in the midst of the struggles that she and I mentioned above. Sr. Addie continues to inspire us: “Let us live life in the here and now with a passion and a zeal for the God who first loved us and at every moment continues to love us, the God who called us and promised to accompany us on the way, the God who brought us here to this point in our lives. Living the present with passion stirs up hope. We are called to be women and men of hope.”

It sounds doable to share God’s hope, but when we read or watch the daily news, we may become discouraged quickly.  Personally, I am always eager to watch Lester Holt’s “Inspire America” story at the end of his newscast. Just one inspiring story, yet it recharges my hope. Maybe, that’s one way to start. Incorporate one small act of kindness every day to give hope to someone. Imagine how much kinder our world would be if we all practiced this habit.

Sr. Addie inspires us to really be alive, and not to just survive each day but to thrive each day. Let me share her advice:

“To live, requires that we pay attention to what has heart and meaning, reading the signs of the times, listening to the calls of the Spirit, the people, the church, listening to myself, listening to you, listening with the heart of God. The second step of prayer requires us to see where God is acting, and it calls us to act in our times. We must pray that we can see what God sees and be moved to response-ability. Then we must act. We must do something for God’s sake. Finally, we must pause, reflect, and assess our faithfulness to God’s mission.

Let us live life in the here and now with a passion and a zeal for the God who first loved us and at every moment continues to love us, the God who called us and promised to accompany us on the way, the God who brought us here to this point in our lives. Living the present with passion stirs up hope. We are called to be women and men of hope.”

Once we rekindle our hope in Christ, we must share that hope. In his exhortation about evangelization, Pope Francis writes that it is a “joyful response to God’s love which summons us to mission and makes us fulfilled and productive.” (Joy of the Gospel, #81)

Sr. Addie continues:

“As I look to the future, I keep in mind that hope is based on God and vision for our world and the people that God has called to carry out that vision: you and me. We carry this hope together.”

I leave it here for you.
Listen to the Spirit and to the world around us.
Make your plan (Habakkuk 2:2-2)
Be alive. Do something.
Continuously pause and assess.
Be the hope God calls you to be.

If you feel that God calls you to carry out the vision of hope as a vowed religious Sister, please contact us here.

Posted in God Calling?, Vocations Blog

One Sunday Morning

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

Sunday morning, August 29, the storm really was coming; not a direct hit but worse than we wanted it to be. Just as we thought we really should leave, the mayor makes the announcement that “if you are gone, stay away; if you are still here, do not leave your house.” Thus we stayed. About 1:00 PM or so, we were watching TV to get the latest updates, and then we weren’t. All power went out and stayed out for four days.

The curses? No air conditioning with a heat index sometimes around 108 degrees; charging the phones in the car and hoping there was enough gas; seeing lines for a good mile around the one gas station that could open; lines, lines and more lines, at the few grocery stores  and the ice machine stores open; cleaning out refrigerators and freezers into garbage bags which then sat for almost three weeks before any trucks came into the neighborhood to take them away, and in some areas still have not been picked up at all; seeing the debris, not just tree limbs and roof shingles but refrigerators and furniture.

The blessings? Being with people who cared and wanted all of us to be safe; wandering around the neighborhood to check on neighbors who did not evacuate; receiving a phone call from the 97 year old matriarch in the neighborhood who had evacuated with her daughter and just wanted to check on us; having a car with gas in it so the phones could be charged; being physically able to stand in lines to wait for grocery stores to open and enjoy the air conditioned interior while shopping; waiting in lines for boxes of food that we would deliver to the neighbors still here.

In the midst of it all, we all felt the hand of God each time some church or organization was able to reach out in any way with food or gift cards or donations of cleaning items. But we also felt the hand of God in the mere fact that we saw each other and could share stories and know that we were so blessed! Did not see an actual rainbow in the sky, didn’t have to. They were all around us.

Posted in Weekly Word