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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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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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Are we too called to “cry out in the desert?”

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

“God comes to each of us at a certain moment in history and nothing is ever the same.” These are the words by Sr. Mary Ellen Green, OP, on her podcast “Rooted in History” for the Second Sunday of Advent (listen to the full podcast). She skillfully took the Gospel reading which begins, “In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius” and fast forwarded it to 2015 “in the eighth year of the Presidency of Barack Obama.” Her message was that in that moment of history, John the Baptist was fulfilling the Prophet Isaiah as “the voice of one crying in the desert.”  And similarly today, we are confronted, at this historical moment, by the word of God. She asks the question: “is now the moment for us to cry out for the suffering world and prepare the way of the Lord?”

This Advent is an especially significant time as the Year of Mercy begins. Dominican Associates and Sisters are called to seriously study and be informed about current world issues, to fast and pray for the loving but persistent ways as individuals that we can bring peace by living God’s word. John went to the desert and people followed because he caught the public imagination of the deeper meaning of God’s word. Are we too called to find our desert and cry out, calling others to join us in determining peaceful ways to manage our turbulent world and prepare the way for  the mercy of God?

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