You might as well know it – my spirituality is for the birds! Actually, it’s about what the birds and other creatures of God teach me. Since I’m a Kansas farmer’s daughter, fields, trees, birds, and seasons speak loudly to me. God’s Spirit breathes in the wind, with storm or calm. God’s messengers are many. Who might join me in my backyard sacred space? The other day many doves, a couple squirrels, and lots of sparrows congregated. In the background the chorus of crickets was providing the prelude to my prayer. In reality, it’s more like they let me join them. Every day is different! The sparrow reminds me to be myself – to sing my soul’s own song and not worry about being fancier or better. Continue reading →
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I celebrated my 70th birthday this month and I am a member of the “baby-boomer” generation. But guess what? I may be in that age group, but my thinking as an Associate of the Dominican Sisters of Peace resonates with three “millennials” (born between 1975-1995) and I think we have lots in common! Annie, Michelle and Russ were featured on a Future Church teleconference titled “Millennials Speak for Themselves.” I sat eagerly anticipating their individual responses to the question of the moderator “I am a Catholic because….” With ease, confidence and thoughtful articulation, each speaker gave their own personal reasons. Continue reading →
Introduction by Sister Amy McFrederick: As the heat wave rolled over the Eastern States and temperatures soared into the uncommon upper nineties these past weeks, those who have air conditioning may have cranked them up a few notches. But those who did not share that luxury could well stand in solidarity with the millions of refugees stuck in makeshift housing, as well as those who have lost home and belongings to recent floods, wild fires, and other disasters, who have no reprieve from the summer heat. Will such experiences call us to take note of scientists’ warnings about the effects of climate change and take action?
Introduction by Amy McFrederick OP:
During our July Assembly in Columbus Associates Morris and Debbie Stilson received the tragic news that their grandson had died. As the news spread through the Assembly, all hearts were one with them in their grief, praying with and for them. One of the most moving moments was when the next day despite their loss, they stood before the Assembly during the Associates’ panel and to share with Dominican Sisters of Peace and Associates how they live out our 4th Chapter Commitment: To create welcoming communities, inviting others to join us as vowed members, associates, volunteers, and partners in our mission to be the Holy Preaching. As they paused a few times in silent tears and loving support of each other, there was a felt sense of solidarity and unity. Below is their mutual sharing. Continue reading →
Introduction by Sister Amy McFrederick, OP: At our July 2016 Assembly in Columbus our Associates’ panel was asked to share ways they live out the commitments unanimously chosen by the Dominican Sisters of Peace and Associates at our 2009 and 2015 Congregational Chapter Meetings held in St. Louis, MO. Associate Helen McKinley was asked to speak about our second commitment: Create environments of peace by promoting non-violence, unity in diversity, and reconciliation among ourselves, in the Church and throughout the world. The following is her presentation:
My name is Helen McKinley, and I have been a member of Journey of Hope Associate group for over ten years. I don’t know where I heard this or maybe I read it, but I believe Associates to the Dominicans are a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and multi-cultural group who love Jesus and each other deeply. Continue reading →