God Calling??

Do you dream of doing something more with your life? Are you longing for deeper meaning and sometimes feel that there is more to life than what you are currently doing? Maybe God is inviting you to explore becoming a Dominican Sister of Peace. Share your gifts with others who want to make a difference in the world. For more information, contact us to begin a conversation.


 

God Calling – or Texting?

Blog by Sr. Pat Connick, OP

These days maybe it’s “God texting?” instead.

And just what would God text?  Perhaps:

  • Are you awake?
  • Thinking of you today! Just want to let you know I’ve had you in my mind and in my heart.
  • Love you!
  • I’m coming into town next Tuesday for a few days. Any chance we could get together for coffee?
  • Thanks so much! I really enjoyed being with you at the party yesterday.
  • Are you back in town yet? Let me know when you get back, OK?
  • What have you been up to today?
  • Saturday morning is the best time for me. Glad it works for you!
  • Got it! Hang in there!
  • I’m so proud of you. See you soon!
  • Great! Thanks for the update and for touching base!
  • Any day is great! Just let me know…
  • Safe trip…see you soon!
  • Let’s Facetime!
  • That’s great news! Let’s celebrate!
  • Sleep well! Tomorrow morning I will text you from the train. Really looking forward to seeing you again!
  • Have you ever thought about following me?

And one text you’ll never get from God:

  • Sorry, I can’t talk right now!

Isn’t it wonderful that God is available 24-7-365?  And that every moment is now!

God is closer to us than we’ll ever know.  And that means we are closer to God than we’ll ever know too!

Just sayin’!

God is eager to hear from you!  Why not find out if God is calling you to a life of service as a religious sister or lay minister?  We’re hosting a mini-service and retreat weekend May 18-21, 2017 at our beautiful lake house in Blacklick, Ohio for single Catholic women between the ages of 18 to 45.  It includes prayer, service, community, and fun!  Click here for a copy of this event flyer.  Call, text, or email Sister Pat Dual, OP at 614.216.7688 or pdual@oppeace.org for more information.  Or visit our website at https://oppeace.org/pray-serve-reflect/ to register.  Come spend time with God!

Have a great week!

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One More Step

“Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” (John 20:25)

Blog by Sr. Mai-Dung Nguyen, OP

Not only did Thomas in the Gospel have his doubts about Jesus’ resurrection, but I remember the time when I was discerning my call to religious life, I often doubted this call. Was it really a call from the Divine? Would I be able to live this call throughout my life or would I have to make another choice after a while? With such doubts, like Thomas, I began to bargain with God, “If you choose me to live the religious life, please give me a sign….” When I did not recognize any sign, I said, “This may not be my call.” Then, when I saw a sign, I said, “It may be just a coincidence.” I do not remember how many times I said such things to God.

“Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” (John 20:27)

This invitation is a faith challenge. One day, after I shared my doubts about my call with a Vocation Sister, she told me, “I think you have a religious call. Many people have this call as well. Then, so what? Not many people make this happen.”

“Why?” I asked. Continue reading →

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Journeying toward the Empty Tomb in the Triduum

Pat Dual
Blog by Sr. Pat Dual, OP

As we journey together towards the “empty tomb,” let us remember:

Let us remember the holy self-gift of God in the Eucharist.

Let us remember, wait and pray as the story of the sacrificial cost of our salvation unfolds.

Let us remember and rejoice in Love who enfolds us and emerged from the “empty tomb” to ensure for us the promise of eternal life.

May you be blessed during these days of the Triduum and may you be filled with peace, hope, and joy at Easter!

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Breaking the Silence

Blog by Associate Mary Ellen George, OPA

Speaking the Truth

Silence hurts. Keeping silent about a concern can be a burden that robs us of the opportunity to connect with others and to “speak the truth in a million voices [because] it is silence that kills.” This quote is from St. Catherine of Siena and speaks powerfully of the need to address the elephant in the room. In Galatians 6:2, we are encouraged to “carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ.” Many of us carry concerns that we hide from others, perhaps because it is more comfortable to do so. We may fear being judged or not being understood. Our challenge, however, is to be a voice in the darkness, breaking the silence that may enshroud us, allowing God to work through us for the good of all whose lives we touch and whose lives touch us. Continue reading →

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Wade in the Water. Stepping out in faith.

Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP

Wading into the Water

The first time I heard the song Wade in the Water, I was attending Sunday services with a friend of mine at her church in Washington, DC. Having grown up in the Catholic Church, this song was not one I was familiar with. However, after a few measures – the beat took over my feet, hands and my entire body as we all began moving to the music. I still remember the heat of the church, the gardenia corsage the usher had pinned to my blouse, and a little boy dancing in the aisle. It is a song that has a deep visceral memory for me and it is one that soothes my soul when I feel the familiar beat and hear the tune swelling up to the rafters. It became a song that lapped against my life as I discerned God’s call to this life. Continue reading →

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