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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dominican Life and Culture

Being a Dominican means being open.  I find this openness a great gift.  Being a guest and witnessing another culture’s traditions widens my tent poles and calls me to new truths.  What a privilege.  When I fail to be open to a new idea or another’s way of life, I feel it.  I have to admit that I sense my judgmental nature.      

Recently, I attended a dance recital by a Mexican Folkloric Dance Troupe.  It was spectacular - full of color and music and joy.  I was aware of experiencing something ancient and deeply rooted in a people’s love for God, for nature, and for each other.      

Jesus walked with openness to others everywhere he went.  He taught us how.  Our Dominican lifestyle offers our world this reflection of his compassion and mercy.  Each of us has the opportunity of being the healing presence our Earth so badly needs right now.

How about you, have you participated in any cultural exchanges lately?    

Peggy Ryan, OP
Waukegan, IL        

Monday, May 22, 2017

One thing I’ve finally learned…

…after nearly 47 years living in Dominican community:  people do their best!

What do I mean?   All of us were called by God.  To do what?  Whatever needed to be done!   I was a high school teacher of religion for ten years.  I went to summer school during those years to learn more about my faith.  Then I discovered that my students were learning things that their parents didn’t know.  So I pursued a degree in adult education, and used it in Des Moines, Iowa, Milwaukee and for the congregation.

All that time I lived in Dominican communities, where I was supported in my growth – as a woman, as a teacher, as a learner, as a sister.

Who has supported your growth over the years? 

Ruth Poochigian, O.P.
Madison WI

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