Advent Adding or Subtracting?

Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick
Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick

For the past few weeks we have been bombarded by paper, TV and internet Black Friday and Cyber Monday advertisements urging us to buy this, buy that – at unbelievable sale prices – and add more to our lives, get more for others! I think it is very timely that Advent calls us right now to stop and consider what, why, and how we want to spend our time and money in preparation for the great feast of Christmas.  Get off the crazy speed train, walk in the woods or sit in a quiet space to consider where are we going, what is it all about, what is most important? Continue reading →

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Ministering at the Dominican Learning Center

Blog by Associate Mary Beth Auletto, OPA
Blog by Associate Mary Beth Auletto, OPA

Introduction by Sr. Amy McFrederick: Our Dominican Associates are lay women and men who live and share the charism and spirituality of the worldwide Dominican Family in close relationship and in mission with the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Countless numbers of our Associates volunteer their time, talent and treasure to support and extend our outreach, congregational founded ministries, and mission projects. As we begin this Thanksgiving week, we are grateful for all the ways our Sisters and Associates work together to be, build and preach peace.  Associate Marybeth Auletto ministers at the Dominican Learning Center (DLC) in Columbus, Ohio. She reflects on her work there: Continue reading →

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Listening is an act of love

Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA
Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA

Dave Isay is the Founder and President of StoryCorps, which has a simple tagline – “listening is an act of love.” In an email message on November 10, 2016, he stated: “The presidential election of 2016 highlighted the enormous divisions in our country. We don’t hear each other, we don’t listen to each other, we don’t know each other. Through listening to each other’s voices, we can make America a better more compassionate nation – one story at a time.” Continue reading →

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Do we have the courage to write a new chapter? Yes we do!

“Dominican Spirituality is a living reality which WE must realize NOW! If we do not do this, we just repeat a story others have told long ago, as though we have no chapter to write in this book begun before us. Do we have the courage and the will to write such a new living Chapter together?” – Edward Schillebeeckx, OP

Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA
Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA

In the past few months, I have been involved in studying the findings of the Georgetown University Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) report titled “A Profile of the Associate-Religious Relationship in the United States and Canada.” This comprehensive study with over 10,000 responses from Sisters and Associates in 378 religious institutes with Associates describes the rewards, challenges and responsibilities of the Associate-religious relationship. Continue reading →

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Autumn and/or Fall

Intro by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP
Intro by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP

There’s something about the color red that commands attention: the bright red of the tail lights ahead of us in traffic; a stop light or sign that halts me when I’m in a hurry; the bright male cardinal flashing across my window; the sight of blood that sets off my inner alarms; the autumnal scarlet reds, yellows, oranges and greens against a clear blue sky that give me pause for silent awe and/or calls forth exclamations of wonder and thankfulness. Continue reading →

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