Lent – A Time of Reconciliation

Lent is a time of repentance and penance, which ultimately leads to reconciliation – whether with God or with our neighbor.

Reconciliation is a gift sorely needed in our families, our communities, our nation, and our Church. As we stand, often divided, by race, rhetoric, and relativism, we must return to the wisdom of St Augustine, and redefine ourselves as a people – as ” a multitude defined by the common objects of their love,” those things being God, our neighbor and the gifts of God’s glorious creation.

As we enter into the Season of Lent, let us choose not to divide, but to come together. Not to retort, but to reconcile. To hear the pain of those who have been injured and work towards justice for all. To pursue unity by relating rightly, justly, and with love towards those around us.

This Lent, the Dominican Sisters of Peace wish to walk with you on a journey of reconciliation. To help us all along the way, we will be focusing on the word of God as it addresses reconciliation in our words, in our treatment of our brothers and sisters, and our treatment of the Earth. Please follow this page and our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram social media to join us as we build peace, preach peace and be peace throughout these 40 days of penance, almsgiving, and prayer leading to our reconciliation with God.

 

 


 

Sunday, February 28, 2021

The Second  Week of Lent

 

 

 

 

 


 

A Lenten blog by
Sister Valerie Shaul, OP

Now Simon’s mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever; and immediately they spoke to Jesus about her.  And He came to her and raised her up, taking her by the hand, and the fever left her. Mark 1:30, 31

Over the last months, I have spent a good deal of time in Emergency Rooms and on the phone with hospital and nursing home staffs.  Seventeen of the Sisters at the Akron Motherhouse contracted Covid-19 at the same time.  I have grown in gratitude for the health care workers here in the house and in the hospitals where three of our Sisters received care.

The pandemic has given many of us a new appreciation for the health care providers in our country.  From doctors to janitors, technicians to nurses, nursing assistants to therapists, these valiant people provide care for the sick in hospitals, nursing homes, adult and disability care homes.  Since families are often not allowed in, these health care professionals also supply the love that families can’t, and keep those families informed about their loved ones.

These healing professionals follow the example of Jesus, who confronted challenges, cured with love, and consoled the dying and their families.  We owe them a huge debt of gratitude, along with prayers for their continued ministry.

 

 

 

#MakeAStartMonday:

We’ve been hearing for months, and we’ll say it again. Wear your mask to cover your nose and mouth. It’s the easiest way to show kindness to everyone around you. #MaskUpAmerica #HeroesWearMasks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#GivingTuesday:

The city of New Orleans has been hit hard by COVID-19. Our Peace Center in New Orleans has helped provide food, educational resources, and employment assistance. Click here to Give Today to help the Peace Center continue its work.

 

 

 

 

 

#WatchWednesday:

Please click here to view the video based on Sunday’s blog by Sr. Valerie Shaul, OP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#ThinkAboutItThursday

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a bright light on pay inequity in the United States. Sr. Judy Morris talks about the importance of a living wage for all workers in this 2020 blog. Click here to read about it.

Our late Director of Associates Colette Parker had a vision for life after the pandemic as well. Click here to read her blog.

 

 

 

 

#FoodFriday

Do you have an elderly or ill neighbor that is afraid to go to the grocery store? Next time you shop, check in with your neighbor and see what she needs. That few extra minutes in the store will give her peace of mind and help save her health. #BeAGoodNeighbor 

 

 

 

 

 

#SocialJusticeSaturday

While we are blessed by God with the creation of a COVID vaccine, it will take months to distribute to all Americans. Masking and social distancing are still the best ways that we can protect ourselves and each other during this pandemic. While we are still suffering from this pandemic, human kindness – protecting those around us – Is also social justice – working to help those who are oppressed. Take a small step towards justice and stay 6 feet away! #SocialDistanceisSocialJustice

 

 


 

 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

The First Week of Lent

 

 

 

 


 

A Lenten blog by
Sister Barbara Kane, OP

Meister Eckhart, a great Dominican mystic, taught: “Every creature is a word of God and a book about God.” Isn’t that a wonderful image?  You and I, all of us, are unique words of God for the world… helping the world to know about God’s great compassion.  There are two expressions that are uniquely human; one of which we share with God. They are “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you.” Phrases that will elicit great inner peace when sincerely given.  God always whispers, “You’re forgiven” whenever we ask.  As we begin the season of Lent, can we be God’s words to those we’ve hurt or who have hurt us?  Can we be open to admitting our offenses and sharing forgiveness with others? If we can, then we will hear those words God longs to whisper, “You are my beloved” and we will ourselves experience God’s compassion and peace.

 

 

#MakeAStartMonday:

We all know the temptation to “clap back;” to respond to a comment or a social media post with sarcasm or insults.

Next time, THINK before you speak or post. Is it:
TRUE
HELPFUL
INSPIRING
NECESSARY
KIND
Sometimes, the kindest way to communicate is to just stay quiet.

 

 

 

#GivingTuesday:

The Dominican Retreat and Conference Center in Niskayuna, NY, is offering an online series on Compassion during the season of Lent. You can sign up for the series here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#WatchWednesday

Please click here to view the video based on Sunday’s blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP.

 

 

 

 

 

#ThinkAboutItThursday

The last year has been hard for everyone. Whether a person has lost a family member to COVID, is experiencing economic hardship, or is lonely after months of quarantine, many people need kindness right now. This short video from Bene Brown is a wonderful explanation of empathy and friendship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#FoodFriday

It’s the First Friday of Lent – time to abstain from meat in remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice for us. You can forego the fish and try something new with this meatless recipe.

 

 

 

 

 

#SocialJusticeSaturday

In a recent article, Sr. Fran Ferder and Fr. John Heagle said:

“After the riots in the Capitol, U.S. Rep. Andy Kim spent almost two hours on his knees picking up debris on the floor of the Rotunda.
His response is a challenge to each of us. What can we do now? We can kneel and pick up the broken promises of justice, the scattered pieces of the Gospel. We can kneel as humble servants to clean up the debris of fear and hatred. And we the people, all the people, can stand together in the long road of healing.”

How can you help?

 


Ash Wednesday:

Click here for an Ash Wednesday blog from Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP.

Remember, Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstaining from meat in memory of Christ’s sacrifice for us,

 

 

 

 


Lenten Resources from Around Our Church