I’ve been tempted to give up social media these past few weeks. While I enjoy the social aspect and the quick connection to family and friends, the flood of endless political pictures, articles and videos have inundated my newsfeed and provided a constant reminder of the difficult and still divisive political climate we find ourselves in. The simplicity of ignoring social media is tempting (and perhaps even news outlets), yet I’m trying to remain positive and continue finding avenues to fuel social justice work. Continue reading →
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How do we decipher “Truth”?
Following in the footsteps of St. Dominic, our charism is to preach truth, but truth seems hard to distinguish and find lately. Does truth come from what we see on social media, or in the news, or from the mouths of politicians? How do we distinguish what is true, just, and holy while responding to the needs of our society and the world? Continue reading →
The First Week with Our New President
First it was the Inaugural Address with numerous references to nationalism rather than international engagement and collaboration: “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first – America first.”
Then it was the executive memorandum and action to allow the continuation of the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline as well as an order to silence the Environmental Protection Agency.
Then it was the continued allegations (with no proof) that millions voted illegally in the election, undermining the democracy and legitimacy of our elections. Followed by the action to begin construction on a border wall. Then the vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, stripping millions of Americans of their health care access. Continue reading →
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 →
A time for quiet reflection
The weeks between Christmas and New Year’s, followed by the first few sleepy days of January, have brought with them a time for quiet reflection on the past year, and a hope and anticipation for the days ahead.
When I get home, I enjoy relaxing in the silence and peace that envelops me as these winter days quickly become dark. I am comforted knowing that I can find this quiet and peaceful space and that my life is generally free of violence. How lucky I am! Continue reading →