All of us have heard the well-used quote, “A saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.” Every year on November 1st, the Catholic Church honors the Solemnity of All Saint’s Day, remembering those men and women throughout Christian history who have lived their lives in faithfulness to God and the gospel. They are people who have lived their lives in stark contrast to the values that the world usually holds as important—values such as pursuing wealth, power or fame—values which are usually a threat to justice and liberty. Saints upset the “status quo” and disrupt attitudes that are unjust. This was the kind of saint that the church celebrated on November 3rd, the Feast Day of Saint Martin de Porres, Patron Saint of Social Justice. Continue reading →
Every vocation story begins with a call – a call to share your gifts with others who want to make a difference in the world. If you believe that you’ve heard God’s call, and you want to write your own story with the Dominican Sisters of Peace, contact us to begin a conversation.
This morning I was eating my breakfast at our kitchen table when Sister Ireen came into the room and asked me, “What do we do with snakes in the motherhouse?”
She stood at the end of the table with a plastic bag balled up in her hand – holding it a bit away from her body. I looked at the bag and asked the obvious, “Is there a snake in that bag?” She answered immediately, “Oh yes, I caught it and brought it up to you. I figured you’d know what to do with it.” Continue reading →
The doorbell rings and we welcome women who are discerning their vocational call, or Sisters, parishioners, relatives, Associate candidates, an immigrant mother and son, and other friends.
From my perspective as a member of this local welcoming community, I hear the ring of the bell as an invitation to greet one and all to experience the union and communion that Richard Rohr names as “the goal of what God is doing here on Earth.” (What the Mystics Know p. 99) Continue reading →
…not because we did not want to visit War, WV, but rather, we simply ran out of time. On Sunday, Srs. June Fitzgerald, Pat Dual, and I drove to Powhatan, WV, to visit Dominican Sister of Peace Binh Nguyen, OP, who ministers in McDowell County, WV, in four parishes that share one priest. We wanted to see what kind of work she does and to see what the possibilities are for some of the women who are discerning with us to spend a week or two in ministry with her. Continue reading →
In the Gospel of Luke 10:29, at the beginning of the story of the Good Samaritan, we hear the question posed to Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus then tells the now familiar story of reaching out to help a stranger in need. We know that our neighbor includes all peoples no matter how far or near they live. Yet, sometimes I don’t reflect this in my life, my choices, and my words.
When Pope Francis visited our country last month, he focused a good bit on care for each other, care for the earth, and the common good. I felt challenged to look at how I live and if I am living the Gospel imperative to care for and love each other or if I just pay it lip service. Francis emphasized that the family is the microcosm of this care and love that I/we are called to live. So, I ask you, “Who is your family?” I ask myself, “Who is my family?” Continue reading →