Learning Peace Through the Redwoods

Joanne Caniglia
Blog by Sr. Joanne Caniglia, OP

Blessed is the one that trusts in the Lord…. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes, its leaves are always green. It has not worries, in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
– Jeremiah 17:7-8

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Reflecting on the Paris Summit

Earth, our home and mother, is composed of subjects to be communed with, not objects to be exploited.

– Thomas Berry

Barbara Harrington, OP
Blog by Sr. Barbara Harrington, OP

TJ blinked his disbelief: “Water is not a resource?”

In response: “What do you love about the water here?” A spontaneous full-throated eruption from TJ’s band: “Frogs!” These kids love frogs. In the tip of each spring they rush upstream to where green frogs bask among the water irises. As the season warms, you’d find frogs leaping downstream, kids loping after them; some would whoosh over the waterfall into the pond; others would whoop in delight. Can you guess which group the frogs were in?

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Children Killing Children Must End Now – Part II

Blog by Associate Rev. Tim Ahrens, OPA

Three years ago I wrote an article for the Dominican Sisters of Peace entitled, “Children Killing Children Must End Now.” It was written days after the shooting in Chardon, OH, in a high school cafeteria in which one child killed three children and wounded three more. He did it with his grandparents’ 22-caliber handgun, which he took from their home on a visit.

When I was asked a few weeks ago to write again, I said “yes.” Since then I have sat down three times to write and came up empty. What can I say? What can any of us say? Continue reading →

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The Iran Deal as a Triumph for Peaceful Negotiation and Multilateralism

Alandra Scott
Blog by Dominican Volunteer Alandra Scott

On July 14, 2015, a historical agreement was established between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council including – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – plus Germany and the European Union. Due to the fear associated with Iran’s nuclear program this agreement has become a controversial topic in the news, as well as a divisive partisan issue.

The Iran deal is a joint comprehensive plan of action which will guarantee the use of Iran’s nuclear program for peaceful purposes only. The overall goal is to push Iran’s capability to manufacture a nuclear weapon from two to three months to a least one year. In order for this to happen, Iran must agree to significant changes in its use of uranium, centrifuges and plutonium.(1) Continue reading →

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Listening: The Most Neglected Aspect of Public Life

Reflection by Associate Ron Hustedde, OPA
Reflection by Associate Ron Hustedde, OPA

At a recent gathering of Dominican Sisters and Associates in Springfield, KY, I was amazed at the diversity and abundance of Dominican ministries that are linked with peace-making. The participants also talked about St. Catharine Motherhouse and how it is a sign of peace and welcome. One can viscerally sense the Divine Presence in our gatherings by just walking through St. Catharine’s doors. Continue reading →

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