Just Reflecting

“Just Reflecting” features a variety of blogs and bloggers discussing various social justice topics that we encounter in our daily lives, whether it be within our communities or own families.


It Must be True, I Saw it on Facebook

Just Reflecting by Sr. Mary Joel Campbell, OP

Responding to the Needs of the Times

From time to time over the centuries, situations peculiar to the times and culture have called on aspects of the Dominican charism for a response. This has always been what we have labeled – “responding to the needs of the times” –  much as Dominic himself did in preaching against the heresy of his day. Continue reading →

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Small Actions for Peace

“Just Reflecting” by Sr. Janice Thome, OP

Become a Point of Peace

Happy Feast Day since January 1 is the World Day of Peace and we are Dominican Sisters of Peace!

My favorite prayer for our community is that God help each of us become points of peace wherever we are and in whatever situation we find ourselves. It came to me when sitting by a small lake watching a child throwing pebbles into the water. Even the smallest one set up an ever expanding circle of ripples. Thus my prayer is that even the smallest action or word of ours brings peace. Continue reading →

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What Happens Next?

Blog by Katherine Maloney, Dominican Volunteeer
Blog by Katherine Maloney, Dominican Volunteer

The Question After the Presidential Election

“What happens next?” has become a common refrain in the weeks after the 2016 Presidential election. How do we deal with and wade through the aftermath of what was perhaps the most divisive and vitriolic campaign season in American history? What will the world do throughout the Trump administration, and what will the Trump administration do to the world? Will global progress be promoted, or reversed? Continue reading →

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Reflections on the 2016 School of the Americas Watch in Nogales

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP
Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

This year, the 2016 School of the Americas Watch moved from Fort Benning to the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales. Six Dominican Sisters of Peace and Associates  participated in the Convergence at the Border that took place on October 7-10. The change of location was an effort to bring “awareness to the militarization of the border, the criminalization of migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and people of color.” (SOA Website). The weekend event included rallies, workshops, prayer services, actions and gatherings in both Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico.  Continue reading →

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International Congress on the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights

Blog by Sr. Mary Ann Connolly, OP
Blog by Sr. Mary Ann Connolly, OP

Are you not bound to love them as you love yourselves?

The reading list for the oral exam in Spanish language and literature was long and detailed, and I remember being delighted to find, in the library at Albertus Magnus College, an essential item: the only printed edition of Bartolome de las Casas History of the Indies – a 19th century edition in an oversize difficult-to-handle tone. I settled in to the drudgery of reading the difficult text. Then suddenly I read a section which still thrills me as I think about it today. It was the account of the sermon preached to the Spaniards on the island of Hispaniola by the Dominican friar Antonio de Montesinos in which he declared that they were all in mortal sin, and “live and die in it, because of the cruelty and tyranny you practice among these innocent peoples.” The text of the sermon was “written out and signed by the other friars,” and its most famous lines were: “Are these not men? Do they not have rational souls? Are you not bound to love them as you love yourselves?” Continue reading →

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