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For further information on any of the news items listed here, please contact Alice Black, PhD, OPA, Director of Communications & Mission Advancement, at 614-416-1020.


 

Dominican Sisters of Peace Direction Statements

Every six years, the Dominican Sisters of Peace come together to discern and affirm the commitments of the Congregation – the statements that define who we are and how we will preach within God’s will. We are happy to share our new Directional Statements with you and ask for your prayer as we continue to build peace in our world.

 

To download a PDF of the poster shown above, click here.

To download a PDF of the Direction Statements prayer card, click here.

To download a copy of the Direction Statement Prologue and Statements as an 8.5″ x 11″ flyer, click here. 

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Celebrate the Season of Creation: A Prayer Service for September 4

September 1 begins the annual celebration of the Season of Creation, a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home. As part of our observance of the Season of Creation, the Eco-Justice Committee is providing special services that you can use in your own parish or private worship.

Season of Creation

First Sunday – September 4, 2022

Introductory Comments

Today is the first Sunday in the Season of Creation, the time set aside by the church to both celebrate the gift of all God’s creation in our Common Home and reflect on our role in caring for it

This year’s theme is a strong call to “Listen to the Voice of Creation”. We know, only too well, that we are at a crucial time for our common home with both climate change and biodiversity loss already impacting the lives of many peoples, their livelihoods and all life.

Let us continue to pray together and ask for the Holy Spirit to guide us as we begin our

Celebration of the Season of creation and take steps, no matter how small, to live in harmony with all of God’s creation, as we learn to walk more gently on God’s ‘holy ground’.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 18:1-11

  • How can we change our ways so as to be more pleasing to God?

 

Responsorial Psalm 139: 1-6; 13-18

R For so many marvels, I thank you!

  • Can we trust in God and pray with joy and thanksgiving?

A reading from the Letter to Philemon 1-21

  • Can you welcome someone once gone but now returned and changed from before?

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke14: 25-33

  • What must I still give up to more fully follow Jesus?

 

Music Selections – optional

E – entrance | O – Offertory | C – Communion | D – Dismissal

E – We Gather Together To Ask The Lords Blessing
O – Fairest Lord Jesus
C – I Am the Bread of Life
D – All Creatures of Our God and King

 

Click here to download and print a PDF of this document. 

 

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Prove It!

Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP

There was a posting the other day on Facebook and it read, “The Federal Government is not worthy of our trust.” Sooooo, what is worthy of our trust?

Every system and institution that this country has come to rely upon is broken, damaged and dysfunctional on a whole lot of levels. I think I could count on one hand the number of people who would question this assertion. I don’t even think those “1%ers” that we used to hear so much about feel they are really on solid ground anymore.

As Dominicans, we know that looking at the signs of the times helps us to create our ministries and break open the Word more effectively. Today the signs we are seeing are beyond anything we might have ever expected in this “powerful” country. It has become more and more apparent that that “power” has been derived from some pretty disgraceful actions in the cause of expansion and wealth to a few.

I believe that, at least for Dominicans, we must advocate for human dignity if nothing else. If we can be successful in that advocacy, more and more systems will be impacted, broken down and repaired, not with band aids but with solid Gospel teaching. Most of us born before the 60s have leaned heavily on the Judeo portion of our Judeo-Christian foundation. So eye for an eye is the acceptable way to treat anyone who has offended us in some way. The Christian portion is hard to actualize because it seems so weak: love your neighbor, turn the other cheek; that just doesn’t do it for us. We are powerful and those kinds of actions make us look weak. And besides, look what happened to Jesus when he tried to live like that. He died!

Are a lot of us stuck on Good Friday and wallow in the suffering Jesus? We can prove the death, but how do we prove the Resurrection? That’s on us. We can prove it. Our actions could be all the proof that someone needs to believe there is hope; there is possibility; there is life in the midst of all the brokenness.

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Speed Limits & The Discernment Process

Blog by Sr. Maidung Nguyen, OP

Sometimes when we are driving on the highway, we may see the speed limit at 70, then 65, or it may go down to 55 and then go up again to 70 or even 75.  We try to pay attention to the speed limit and adjust our push on the pedal accordingly. We trust the traffic control engineers who set these speeds, believing that the limit specified helps us drive safely.

The discernment process can be similar to what we experience with speed limits on the highway. Sometimes, discernment can be at a fast pace, but sometimes, discernment suddenly moves to a slower pace, requiring patience and attention. When the pace increases, we may have to push the pedal a little stronger to catch up to the new speed, exerting more effort to get to our destination.  Other times, we may feel like we are crawling at such a slow pace that we may never reach where we want to be.

Whatever the pace, we need to keep our eyes on the road, adjusting our vision to follow wherever the path leads or takes us. Sometimes we will encounter curves along the way and be forced to maneuver around unforeseen happenings. In these cases, it is important to be patient, flexible, and focused, and not be distracted from where we are being called and how we are being asked to follow God’s call.

During the discernment process, we may also experience various degrees of intensity. Sometimes, the call can be very strong, and sometimes, the call can be less intense, but still needs attention. No matter what the degree of intensity we experience when we know God is calling us, one thing is certain, God often shows us signs. We will see the signs if we are attentive to how God speaks to us.

We also need to remember that God is in the driver’s seat and just as we trust the traffic control engineer in setting appropriate speed limits, we need to trust that God’s hand is on the steering wheel directing our path.

Discerning God’s call requires attention, trust, action, patience, flexibility, and effort. You may feel overwhelmed and uncertain as you engage in the discernment process. But, remember you are not alone in this process. God is always with you and there are many Saints and sisters who have responded to God’s call who you can ask for help on the journey

We’re here to guide and companion you in your discernment process.  We invite you to visit our vocation website, contact us, or register for our hybrid Come and See Discernment retreat on September 23-25 in Akron, OH.

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Protecting God’s Feathered Creation

Blog by Karen Martens, OPA

In the 50 years, my husband and I have been birders, there has been a loss of almost 3 billion breeding birds. These losses have been called “staggering” by scientists. More than 90% of the losses come from 12 families of birds, including sparrows, blackbirds, warblers, and finches. These birds are like the canary in the coal mine. If they are in trouble, so are we. Habitat loss and degradation are believed to be major causes of these losses.

For the last 14 years, we have worked to make our property one that supports life by planting over 100 different varieties of berry-producing shrubs and seed-producing plants and trees such as the serviceberry (as seen in the picture) and oak which are important sources of bird food. Many of these plants attract insects which are essential for baby birds. Doug Tallamy has widely reported that chickadees need 6,000 to 9,000 caterpillars to feed one clutch of young.

Over the past 20 years, we have had about 70 species of birds visit our yard and many year-round residents have nested in our yard. However, it feels that lately, fewer are nesting on our property and are seen during migration. Some of the favorite species many of us are familiar with, such as Juncos, White-throated Sparrows, Eastern, and Western Meadowlarks and the Red-winged Blackbird are among those that have declined greatly.

 

How can we help? Seven simple actions have been suggested.

-Make windows safer by installing screens on the outside of the window or using other measures to break up reflections. Up to 1 billion birds die yearly after hitting windows.

-Keep cats indoors. Cats kill more than 2.6 billion birds each year.

-Reduce lawn and plant natives to provide birds more places to rest and raise their young safely. With more than 40 million acres of lawn in the U.S., there is a huge potential to support wildlife.

-Avoid pesticides. More than 1 billion pounds of pesticides are applied in the U.S. each year and they contain chemicals that are lethal to birds and the insects the birds consume.

-Use coffee that’s good for birds. Sun-grown coffee results in forests being destroyed which birds and other wildlife need for food and shelter. Shade-grown coffee preserves a forest canopy that helps migratory birds survive the winter.

-Protect our planet from plastic. Studies have shown that at least 80 seabird species ingest plastic, mistaking it for food. Avoid single-use plastics and advocate for bans on plastic bags, styrofoam, and straws.

-Watch birds and share what you see. Monitoring birds is essential to protecting them. There are projects such as eBird, project FeederWatch and Christmas Bird Count, to name a few that are fun and easy to do.

Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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