Monday, February 6, 2012


In the midst of this electoral primary season, U.S. voters are being inundated with words. Lots of money is being poured into campaigns. There are attack ads and counter attacks.  Is anyone listening? Words, words, words.  Is anyone listening?!

Paul said in his First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter 9, that the obligation to preach has been “imposed” on him, and “woe to me if I do not preach it!”  By what authority has it been imposed? Is it burdensome? Is it compulsory? Is it enforced?

As Dominican women we can say, like Paul, the obligation to preach has been imposed on us.  In 2012 Dominican women all over the world (some 25,000) are preaching the good news of God’s love for all!  However, it is something that is freely embraced.  And done creatively!  As a recent book called The Dominican Way says: “…they are to be found in every part of the world and engaged in every sort of activity, from fighting for justice and peace to painting and poetry. They live on many frontiers, of the Church and of the World, of the West and East, and these are places of growth and discovery.”

What are the places of growth and discovery where you “preach” the good news of God’s love for all?

Ruth Poochigian, O.P.
Madison WI

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