This month I traveled to Memphis, TN, to attend a special ceremony honoring Sister Janet Delperdang, OP, and others of the Memphis diocese who have served the People of God faithfully and well. What a joy it was to gather with our sisters from KY, TN and MS to celebrate Janet’s 14 years of service in Tennessee. While in Memphis I also visited the National Civil Rights Museum at the site of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. King gave his life for the cause of justice.
One of our Sinsinawa Direction Statements for 2011-2016 is to “Speak courageously and risk for justice.” How can we do that in our day-to-day lives? Every time we refuse to laugh at a racist joke, or educate ourselves on the real issues confronting us, or do anything that treats another person with the dignity that they deserve, we “risk for justice.”
Today we honor Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican and great seeker of truth. Today also my community viewed the wake and funeral of Toni Callahan, OP, a Sinsinawa Dominican for many years and also a seeker of truth and justice. I feel privileged to always be able to look to my Dominican family for inspiration and challenge.
Georgia Acker, OP
Bowling Green, KY