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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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You Just Have to Be There – an Advent Theme

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

Two reflections written by two of our Associates appeared in my email not together, but as I read them, one seemed to be a prelude to the other, and together a fitting blog for Monday of the first week of Advent – showing that sometimes “you just have to be there.” So here they are: Continue reading →

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Gratitude Week 2015

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

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving Day as a National Holiday and truly a holy day reminding us to be aware of all God’s gifts and inviting us to gather with others in friendship and peace to give thanks for all the ways we have been so richly blessed. A Gratitude Week! Continue reading →

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“A new way to look at things – positively energizing!”

Vicki Perfect
Blog by Associate Vicki Perfect, OPA

“WOW!” jumped right off the page as one participant described how the program Unfolding a Future Hope, Celebrating YOU and the Community of Northeast Ohio Associates had shaped her experience.

The day started with an opening prayer drawing on Don Goergen’s “The Pillars Revisited: A Fresh Look at Dominican Spirituality” that quietly set the collective spirit of all in the room open and ready to celebrate The Gift of Friendship, The Spirit of Integration, The Love of Truth and The Grace of Freedom. The Spirit did not disappoint. Continue reading →

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Did You Know That You Could Miss Heaven by 18 Inches?

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

The title of the address by Daniel Groody, CSC, at the Religious Formation Conference in Pittsburgh this past week was “Dying to Live: Migration, Religious Life and the Eucharist.” As he unfolded his comments, it was evident that he explained “migration” in its broadest sense. His description of the immigrant described not only those human beings who leave their home country for economic, violence related or internally displaced reasons. I determined that he was offering a “theology of migration” which was meant to address the crisis of the marginalized everywhere. Continue reading →

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