Recently, I spent some time with Franciscan Sister Ilia Delio’s book “The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution, and the Power of Love” and Jalaja Bonheim’s “Evolving Toward Peace: Awakening the Global Heart.” Ilia bases her work on the writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ. Both authors touched in different ways on the question I used for the title, “What makes the human intelligent?” Their question touched me because I often get discouraged when I read the newspaper with article after article about humans using violence against humans. If humans are so intelligent, why are we not smart enough to stop purposefully hurting each other and Earth? Continue reading →
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If I could apply a theme song to my retreat/pilgrimage this year, it would be “Lord of Glory” by Tim Manion which begins, “Leaping the mountains, bounding the hills….” Indeed, I lept mountains of luggage, ran for buses, scrutinized train schedules, and wondered if I would ever make it to the Rhineland Mystics Retreat I was to attend in the Ascasian region of Western France. Continue reading →
Saturday, July 11, 2015 was a wonderful day for the family of the Dominican Sisters of Peace! Not only was it the first beautiful sunny day in almost a week of clouds and rain, it was the day of the First Profession of Vows for Sr. Beata Tiboldi, into the congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Sr. Bea professed the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for the next three years, promising to live faithfully her call to religious life as a Dominican sister. Many of her Dominican sisters and Associates, family and friends were on hand to witness and celebrate this wonderful event. And what a celebration! The Mass was beautiful and was a wonderful reflection of the culture and personality of Sr. Bea, who also gifted us with a beautiful preaching about why someone would want to profess religious vows in today’s culture.
The Mass of First Profession is such an inspiring event, and as a vocation minister, it is gratifying to be able to share this special occasion with others who are discerning a possible religious vocation. I was grateful to be able to invite other discerning women to participate in the festivities and they shared what a blessing it was to be part of the celebration. Sr. Bea’s preaching was so insightful about the call to religious life, and in particular, the call to Dominican life. Her words shared thoughts and ideas that could be very helpful to others who feel that God may be calling them to consider religious life. And so, with Sr. Bea’s permission, I would like to share with you her preaching from the Mass (click here) and some wonderful photos from the celebration of her First Profession (click here).
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Ten years ago today, I celebrated with my community, family, and friends my perpetual profession of vows as a Dominican Sister. I found out that day that many of my Dominican Sisters also celebrated anniversaries of profession on July 9 so it became even more special to me as I pondered all the Dominican women on whose shoulders I stood. In addition, today is the 49th anniversary of my Dad’s death, so the day has always been very significant to my family. This week we have also celebrated the lives of Srs. Aniceta Pitstick (Columbus, OH), Theresina Greenwell (St. Catharine, KY), and Siena Ward (Akron, OH) who have completed their lives on this earth and have now joined the saints in heaven.
Two days from now our congregation – Dominican Sisters of Peace: Sisters and Associates in Mission – will affirm and celebrate the first profession of vows of our novice, Sr. Bea Tiboldi. Most of the preparations – interiorly and exteriorly – are ready as Bea and we look forward to another woman joining the long line of followers of Christ in the tradition of Dominic de Guzman.
As Dominicans, we are in the midst of a ten year celebration (2006-2016) of the 800th anniversary of the Order, so it is especially exciting to witness Bea walk her journey in the footsteps of Dominic and Catherine of Siena and the multitudes of Dominican women and men who have come before her. May she and all of us follow closely the last words attributed to Dominic, “Have charity for one another, guard humility, make your treasure out of voluntary poverty.” Congratulations, Sister Bea!
What anniversaries do you celebrate or honor? Whether anniversaries of joy or sorrow may you know the loving presence of Christ in all the events of your life. Peace.
As Sr. Mary Lou Edwards posed this question (which she borrowed from Fr. R.B. Williams, OP) during her reflection this morning, she also added, “not who I was in the past, but who I am now?” My mind was off and running – How does being Dominican invite me, challenge me, call me to be fully who I am today? Does it make a difference that I am Dominican? – I thought to myself and does it speak to the truth of who I am? Continue reading →