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Not Everyone Can Be Famous But Everyone Can Be Great

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

“Not everyone can be famous but everyone can be great because greatness is determined by service. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”
 – Martin Luther King (watch the full speech here)

Today we ponder the life, words, actions and death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, on this national holiday which recognizes his greatness. We are reminded yet again of the details of his faith, courage and prophetic life. He was great and he was famous as well. Most of the world knows him as non-violent civil and human rights activist who championed the rights of African Americans and all people of color, led the Poor People’s Campaign and joined the Anti-Vietnam War Movement. Continue reading →

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AHA Moments When God Is Made Visible to Us

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

My friend began pouring out her heart-wrenching experience of her marriage breaking apart, and as I listened, I was silently praying, “God, please help her, help us. God, where are you?” Just then, a bright red cardinal lit upon the nearby rooftop and began singing what clearly sounded like, “Right here! Right here!” It was as if God rode in on the wings of a bird song to remind me to simply be present to my friend and pay attention without anxiety, because God was there to help us. It was an AHA moment for me making me aware of God’s always abiding Presence. Continue reading →

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A New Year’s Resolution: Remember That God Only Has Us

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

“Dear Child of God, do you realize that God needs you? It is awesome that God the Omnipotent One depends on us fragile and vulnerable creatures to accomplish God’s will and to bring justice and healing and wholeness. God relies on us to help make the world all that God has dreamed of it being.”
– Desmond Tutu, God Has A Dream, 2005

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On This Platform of Peace, We Can Create A Language

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

“On this platform of peace, we can create a language to translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other. We Angels and Mortals, Believers and Non-Believers, look heavenward and speak the word aloud. Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud. Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves and we say without shyness or apology or hesitation. Peace, My Brother. Peace, My Sister. Peace, My Soul.”
– Maya Angelou

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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 →

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