Friday, September 23, 2011

Consider Dominicans of Sinsinawa

For 21 years I have been an associate of the Dominicans of Sinsinawa.  That means I have made a commitment to living their mission and spirituality within my life style (as a married woman) and that I stay in relationship with Sinsinawa Dominicans sisters and associates.  It has been my privileged to witness that beauty and strength of the women of this congregation and their life together.  I admire:

- their commitment to serving those with the most needs, and their willingness to give up so much to do so. 

- their love of each other and the way they gather around each other during the good and bad events of their lives. This happens even after troubled times when they have hurt each other deeply.

- their study and discussions as they plan for the future. I have attended several chapters during which they make decisions about their life together and their mission focus.  The dialogue goes on and on, but I am always amazed at the wisdom of the decisions that are the result.

- their profound joy and the fun they have with each other and with the rest of us.  This speaks to me of the depth of their prayer lives.

- their commitment to deepening their  personal and spiritual growth. I am a bit jealous of the opportunities they give each other for further educational and adult learning.

Vowed sisters are living prophetic lives which touch the hearts of so many people.  They have so much to teach us about living community, about what is of lasting value, and about living a gospel life.

If you are asking if God is asking you to live a vowed life, I suggest you check out the Dominicans of Sinsinawa.  They are an incredible group of women.
Jana Minor, Associate

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