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Consecrated Life…A Response to Love

Pat Dual
Blog by Sr. Pat Dual, OP

“Love” – Validating this radical lifestyle

Many years ago, the thought about religious life came to me quite indirectly. The thought was not in reference to myself, but was in the spirit of idle curiosity (or so I thought at the time). I remember sitting alone in the back of the church (I’m not sure what I was praying about at the time), when the pastor came through, happily going about some task on the altar and oblivious to the fact that he was being observed. I remember being curious and internally voicing the question, “What would cause someone to choose such a radical lifestyle?” God would help me to answer that question later in life. The answer is Love. Love is both the “who” and the “what” that validates this radical lifestyle, for Scripture, indeed, tells us that “God is Love” ~ 1 John 4:8. Continue reading →

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The Spirituality of Broadway

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP
Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

Broadway Shows – More than Just Shows

During my time in New York City, I fell in love with the brilliance of Broadway. Because of the many amazingly talented singers in the city, even church liturgies are cantered by spectacular voices. Talk about praising God! Three of my favorite shows have a spiritual twist that touched my heart. I hope they touch yours as well.  Here they are: Continue reading →

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It Must be True, I Saw it on Facebook

Just Reflecting by Sr. Mary Joel Campbell, OP

Responding to the Needs of the Times

From time to time over the centuries, situations peculiar to the times and culture have called on aspects of the Dominican charism for a response. This has always been what we have labeled – “responding to the needs of the times” –  much as Dominic himself did in preaching against the heresy of his day. Continue reading →

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Victory Together

Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt
Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

Uniting in Love for the Common Good

On January 16, Michael B. Coleman, former mayor of Columbus, OH, spoke at the 32nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast. Mayor Coleman stressed the importance of uniting in love and commonality to work toward the common good of our communities. He also said, “stop whining, start winning.” Yet he didn’t speak in terms of personal victory or individual advancement and winning, rather, he explained that when communities come together, that’s winning, when individuals engage in peaceful dialogue, that’s winning, when we lift up the marginalized in our society, that’s winning. Continue reading →

Posted in Peace & Justice Blog

Elms Students Show that Words Have Power

Our Lady of the Elms Power of the Pen Tournament ParticipantsAKRON, OH – The District Power of the Pen Tournament was held on January 7 at Our Lady of the Elms School. The Elms middle school students were one of 15 schools that competed in the event. Coached by middle school teacher Lisa Walker, the seventh and eighth grade teams each placed third overall.

Eighth graders Alex Coleman and Sara Khan placed in the individual competition, second and fourteenth respectively. Seventh graders Avian Austen and Rachael Rice also placed in the individual competition, fourth and sixth respectively.

Seventh graders Avian Austin, Christianna Poblete, Talia Reiss, and Rachael Rice; and eighth graders Kaylee Brunton, Erin Coffman, Alex Coleman, Sara Khan, Lacy Nicholas, and Catherine Ross have qualified to compete at the regional tournament at the Kent State University on February 25.

Our Lady of the Elms School, an independent, Catholic school rooted in the Dominican tradition, educates girls and young women to listen openly, evaluate wisely, speak bravely, lead justly, and serve compassionately. The Elms elementary school is a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School.

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