Listen to the Call

Blog by Sr. Janet Schlichting, OP
Blog by Sr. Janet Schlichting, OP

Since Advent began this liturgical year, we have contemplated Call: our call to God in the voices of the prophets, our yearning to be saved, heard, healed; our pleas for God to “Renew the face of the earth.” With all generations we call God to remember the promises to the people who are God’s own. Continue reading →

Posted in Weekly Word

Have You Checked Your Joy Meter Lately?

Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP
Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP

We have already past the midway point through Advent, and last Saturday our house community decorated our home for Christmas, finishing in time to get ready for the 4pm Third Sunday of Advent Liturgy, traditionally called Gaudete Sunday. The pink candle on our Advent wreathe was lit, the celebrant adorned the penitential purple with a pink stole, and we were greeted with phrases: “Shout for joy…sing joyfully…be glad and exult with all your heart! …Cry out with joy and gladness…. Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say Rejoice,” and we prayed: “O God…your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity; enable us to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing.” Continue reading →

Posted in Associate Blog

Have You Checked Your Joy Meter Lately?

Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP
Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP

We have already past the midway point through Advent, and last Saturday our house community decorated our home for Christmas, finishing in time to get ready for the 4pm Third Sunday of Advent Liturgy, traditionally called Gaudete Sunday. The pink candle on our Advent wreathe was lit, the celebrant adorned the penitential purple with a pink stole, and we were greeted with phrases: “Shout for joy…sing joyfully…be glad and exult with all your heart! …Cry out with joy and gladness…. Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say Rejoice,” and we prayed: “O God…your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity; enable us to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing.” Continue reading →

Posted in Associate Blog

Advent: Waiting in Expectant Hope

Pat Dual
Blog by Sr. Pat Dual, OP

In the chapel of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, there is a large Advent wreath on a table draped in purple. In the center of the wreath is a beautiful statute of Mary kneeling, with her head slightly bowed. In front of her, the object of her gentle gaze is a small bible, opened to Mary’s song of praise to God (the Magnificat) in the first chapter of Luke. I began to think of the months and weeks that Mary waited for this miraculous birth to unfold. I can imagine that in her waiting, Mary poured out her fears, her doubts, her joys – her very soul before God. She becomes so filled with hope and joy in her waiting that she declares, “My being proclaims the goodness of God; and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” This scene became a powerful reminder, to me, of the grace that can fill our own journey of “waiting” for God. Continue reading →

Posted in News

Advent and the Question of Desire

Blog by Sr. Janet Schlichting, OP
Blog by Sr. Janet Schlichting, OP

“O come, Desire of Nations, Desire of our longing hearts.”

Advent, “Coming,” the Church’s special celebration of our longing for the presence of Christ, has found itself, or us, in an atmosphere crammed with obstacles to seeking and finding the depths of our desire. Where God promises an abundance of life, waters flowing, protection of the flock, mountains made low and rough terrain smooth, a peace to quiet our frenetic lives, we find ourselves instead pressed to trudge a wholly different terrain. As God promises a smooth highway, a time of flowing waters on the parched Earth, a coming-together in peace for humanity, we’re faced with mountains of obligations, piles of card, stacks of Christmas lists, the necessary bumps and boulders of parties, concerts, plays and pageants, gift exchanges, cookie baking, and ways that are rough with stress instead of flowing with God’s glad tidings. The highway of our God? We are plotting our trips from sale to sale, and driving in circles to find places in parking lots. Continue reading →

Posted in Weekly Word