Wednesday’s Word

Be inspired and encouraged with a weekly reflection on God’s Word and every day life.


 

Silence Says it All

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

Grandma Mary stayed with her five-year-old grandson Billy one night when his parents were out for the evening. When he was ready for bed, Grandma asked if she could sit with him while he said his nightly prayers. When Billy was ready, Grandma came and sat on the edge of the bed as he knelt beside it.

As Billy knelt there, he folded his hands and put his head down. After a lengthy silence, Grandma said, “Billy, are you praying yet?” He replied, “Sure am, Grandma.” “Well,” she said, “did you remember to pray for mom and dad and the new baby?” “Absolutely, Grandma.” Continue reading →

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Everyday Awe

Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP
Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP

“Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of God.” Psalm 33:8

I visited New Orleans recently and stayed with our sisters at the Bancroft House, which is a large home on Bancroft Drive. The back patio faces Bayou St. John, a waterway that is an offshoot of the Mississippi River and flows into Lake Pontchartrain.

It was so lovely to sit outside with my morning coffee and look across the bayou watching bikers and joggers speed along the path on the other side. While I was quietly contemplating the water, suddenly a fish jumped up out of the water and dove back down, then up again, and again.  I never saw fish jump before. The only live fish I ever saw were in my brother’s tank: guppies and goldfish. This was amazing. I was in awe at this phenomenon, which the sisters in the house seemed to take in stride. “Oh yes, they do it all the time,” Noel said. It reminded me of the musical Porgy and Bess –  “Summertime and the living is easy, fish are jumping and the cotton is high.” So that’s where the idea came from. WOW.
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The Mystery of “In”

Blog by Sr. Janet Schlichting, OP
Blog by Sr. Janet Schlichting, OP

In  all the richness of these after-Easter scriptures – the bold witness of Paul, the growth of new Christian communities, the poignancy of Paul’s departure and his words of encouragement to those he is leaving, and in the wonderful circuitous word-play that the Gospel of John presents to us in the last discourses of Jesus (chapters 14-17) heard again and new throughout this late Easter Season, there appears a tiny part of speech, a little word which occurs repeatedly in the farewell prayers of Jesus and in the letters of Paul—It is the word IN. Continue reading →

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Making Peace, One Letter at a Time

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

We just celebrated the feast of a great Dominican saint, Catherine of Siena. She imitated Christ in her many ministries to the poor, sick and dying. She also saw how Jesus advocated for the poor and vulnerable in his resistance to the “powers that be” standing up to the Pharisees, scribes, and priests who contributed to the structural evil that so oppressed the people.

Jesus was never afraid to speak truth to power and neither was Catherine. Her commitment for peace and justice often came in the form of letters. In the Dialog, Catherine hears Jesus say “the soul speaks…proclaiming the doctrine of my truth, in admonishing, advising, giving witness without fear of any harm…boldly proclaiming it to everyone in different ways.” She took this seriously which her letters reflect.

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Works of Mercy

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

On Good Friday for the last 30 years, Hope House in New Orleans has sponsored and organized “The Way of the Cross, the Way of Justice.” Several organizations, including the Dominican Sisters of Peace and Associates, are invited to walk through the streets of downtown New Orleans and re-enact the Stations to represent in some way themes and issues in today’s world, for example, the death penalty, immigration, fair housing, etc.

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