As I prepared a reflection for the readings for Wednesday, January 13, including 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20; Psalm 40:2,5,7-8A, 8B-9,10; and Mark 1:29-39, I came across a quote by philosopher and theologian Paul Tillich who said, “The first duty of love is to listen.” The quote caught me off guard when I first saw it last week in one of the daily reflections from pace e bene, an organization that works for justice and peace through non-violent actions. Continue reading →
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Since Advent began this liturgical year, we have contemplated Call: our call to God in the voices of the prophets, our yearning to be saved, heard, healed; our pleas for God to “Renew the face of the earth.” With all generations we call God to remember the promises to the people who are God’s own. Continue reading →
Pittsburgh, PA, and surrounding areas have long been known for the many religious communities that call it home. For several decades these Sisters have worked collaboratively to accomplish some projects to assist the disadvantaged in the city. They do this through a group called “Path to Justice,” composed of representatives of 12 different communities who meet monthly. Continue reading →
Dominican Sister of Peace Jean Vianney Norris, OP (89), died on December 27, 2015, at Sansbury Care Center (St. Catharine, KY). She was born in 1926 in Jamaica, NY, to parents Bartholomew and Letitia (Cogin) Norris. She entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine (now the Dominican Sisters of Peace) and made her first profession of vows in 1946. Continue reading →
My friend began pouring out her heart-wrenching experience of her marriage breaking apart, and as I listened, I was silently praying, “God, please help her, help us. God, where are you?” Just then, a bright red cardinal lit upon the nearby rooftop and began singing what clearly sounded like, “Right here! Right here!” It was as if God rode in on the wings of a bird song to remind me to simply be present to my friend and pay attention without anxiety, because God was there to help us. It was an AHA moment for me making me aware of God’s always abiding Presence. Continue reading →