This past week could not have been a better time for my annual retreat at our retreat house in Waterford, Michigan! The autumn changing colors called forth many an “ooh” and “ahh” from me on my drive there and back to Ohio. And during my walks in the wooded area near Vivian’s Via Rosa Retreat House, I was glad I had brought my phone along and took several pictures as the bright reds, yellows, browns and greens took my breath away and caused me to linger to drink in their beauty. Only later in reviewing my camera album I noticed that I had only taken pictures of what my narrow definition of beauty included – overlooking the broken, dying branches and dead leaves clinging to their familiar twigs. In my musings autumn seemed to be calling me to embrace not only the brilliant and pleasant changing colors that autumn painted into my landscapes, but also the beauty hidden in the broken, suffering, and aging both within and around me. Continue reading →
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Several roosters stood in front of the barn at the Crown Point Ecology Center in Bath, OH, welcoming the Dominican Associates of Peace, Sisters, and guests to our Saturday morning gathering. Executive Director Nancy Wolf had invited us to Crown Point, which is a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, with a mission to integrate four core values of community, justice, spirituality and sustainability. It was the perfect setting for our program theme “St. Francis of Assisi and Laudato Si’.” Continue reading →
Today’s first reading from Jonah 1:1-2:1, 11, has always brought a smile to my face as I hear the all too familiar story of someone trying to run from God, and the ensuing storm that makes one reconsider. Sometime ago, a friend sent me a YouTube link to a charming little girl telling this story with such conviction and vehemence that you’d think she actually was there as a witness (click here). I have shared it with several others and watched it several times, always with delight and admiration for this little girl’s storytelling ability. Continue reading →
This weekend, we attended the North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR) at the Villa Maria Community Center in Pennsylvania. This beautiful setting served as the gathering place for Associates and Sisters to come together to share, to learn, and to reflect on how we are “called to carry the charism” of our communities. Continue reading →
“Adam, where are you?” (Genesis 3:9) Where are you, o man? What have you come to? In this place, this memorial of the Shoah, we hear God’s question echo once more: “Adam, where are you?”
– Pope Francis, Yad Vashem Memorial, May 26, 2014
This biblical question repeated by Pope Francis in his address at the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem echoed through my mind this past week for three different reasons. But there was a thread of similarity of unspeakable injustice and horror. Continue reading →