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Will Your Legacy Be a Great Resume or an Inspiring Eulogy?

Blog by Associate Colette Parker, OPA – Co-Director

Striving to Inspire

I heard a beautiful eulogy last week:

He “worked to bring the hope of Christ to people’s lives. He also built bridges of solidarity to people of other faiths as a leader in ecumenism and inter-religious affairs…. The most fitting tribute we can offer is to carry forward his episcopal motto in our daily lives: ‘Do the work of an evangelist.'”

Those words – uttered by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo (of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) about his dear friend Cardinal William H. Keeler (retired Archbishop of Baltimore), who died last Thursday – struck a chord in my heart.

I thought – “Wow! I hope someone somewhere can say something like that about me” because I am striving to lead a life in which I am inspired and I can inspire others. I was reminded that each day we are writing our eulogy – the foundational document of our legacy – with our lives. Continue reading →

Posted in Associate Blog

The Package Deal

Blog by Sr. Beata Tiboldi

What is a package deal? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a “package deal is an offer or agreement involving a number of related items or one making acceptance of one item dependent on the acceptance of another.” Have you ever thought about how your name and baptismal call are part of a package deal? Let’s take a closer look at how our acceptance of our names and baptismal call are important.

In Scripture, names reveal a great deal of information. For example, when Rachel’s first son was born, she named him Joseph, hoping that God would “add another son” for her (Genesis 30:24). In the story of the birth of Jesus, we are told that his name will be Emmanuel, which means God is with us. It is not unusual in the Old Testament that someone gets renamed when they are called to become a prophet or to enter into a new way of life. For example, Abram became Abraham when God called him to be “the father of a multitude of nations” (Genesis 17:5). Sarai became Sarah for she would be blessed, would bear a son, and she would “give rise to the nations and rulers of nations will [would] issue from her” (Genesis 17:15-16). Jacob became Israel in Genesis 32:28 and 35:10. Their new names convey a call to a new way of life and a message from God. Continue reading →

Posted in God Calling??, News

The Law, The Truth, The Gospel

The Law

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

The readings for Wednesday, March 22, ask us to reflect on the law. We know how hard it is to think about laws because we hate being told what to do, be honest. But in this present time in history, our understanding and appreciation for laws are being sorely tried.

We rant and rave about the laws and how unfair they are, etc, etc, and rightfully so. Man-made laws are unfair, every day in every way. God’s laws, not so much. Continue reading →

Posted in News, Wednesday's Word

“because of the word of the woman.” (John 4)

Reflection by Sr. Pat Moran, OP

This past Sunday’s Gospel, “The Woman At the Well,” resounds with the call and mission of the Dominican vocation “because of the word of the woman!” I think a lifetime of study could never fully unearth the richness and meaning of the teachings found in this Gospel.

The story begins with Jesus at Jacob’s well in the wretched town of Samaria. The disciples have left for town and Jesus is alone…and waiting. A nameless woman approaches shouldering her water-jar. It’s high noon and we get the sense she’s weary, maybe weary with life. Continue reading →

Posted in Wednesday's Word

March 21, 2017

10 Commandments of Affordable Healthcare

NETWORK has created the Ten Commandments of Affordable Healthcare – see the commandments!


Justice Conference

Peace & Justice Promoter Kelly Litt recently participated in the Justice Conference of Women Religious March 5-7 in Chicago. Learn more about what was presented at the conference in an article from Global Sisters Report.


CHA Opposes American Health Care Act

Catholic Health Association (CHA) opposes the American Health Care Act and has alerted the ministry about the legislation’s harmful cuts to Medicaid and other changes in the insurance market that will make coverage unaffordable for vulnerable populations. If you haven’t already contacted your senators and representatives, a sample letter to Congress and background materials is still available on e-Advocacy.

Posted in Peace & Justice Weekly Updates