I love All Soul’s Day. It’s a chance to remember in a special way those individuals who have played such important roles in our lives like parents, siblings or friends who have left us years ago or just yesterday. We believe that these dear ones “have been blessed, because God has tried them and found them worthy of Godself.” (Wisdom 3:5) This year, I’m reminded of a wonderful sister who is largely responsible (along with God’s help!) for my becoming a sister. Continue reading →
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Sisters Reflect on this Election Season
As Election Day (November 8) draws near, the Dominican Sisters of Peace took some time to reflect on the current election, their experience voting, and their hopes for the future.
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 →
If you are a Facebook or Twitter user, you may have noticed #NoDAPL is trending as many are standing in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other protesters in North Dakota to block the Dakota Access Pipeline. The nearly 1,200 mile pipeline is being built by a Texas-based energy company and would span from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois. According to an article by Justin Worland of TIME, this pipeline would transport up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil every day. Continue reading →
There’s something about the color red that commands attention: the bright red of the tail lights ahead of us in traffic; a stop light or sign that halts me when I’m in a hurry; the bright male cardinal flashing across my window; the sight of blood that sets off my inner alarms; the autumnal scarlet reds, yellows, oranges and greens against a clear blue sky that give me pause for silent awe and/or calls forth exclamations of wonder and thankfulness. Continue reading →