Thursday, August 8, 2013

What Impels You to Ever Widening Circles?

 We moved from Community  Days to welcome a new candidate for membership, receive another into a sacred year of novitiate and celebrate Saint Dominic Day.  This Saint Dominic Day I am basking in the energy of community days.  I AM A NEW PERSON.

I am changed because I had the privilege of sitting in listening circles. We listened intently as each one told the story of what has brought her/him s to widen life circles. 

With inspiration from Barbara Marx Hubbard we saw  our personal and communal growth as part of the evolving universe. We are called to choose to be  part of evolution, that is  to a higher unity in love. We saw  American Dominicans as  one of evolution's most potent forces
Today I am carrying a new sense of power within me.  One place I share power is called WISDOM.   WISDOM groups work with others to reduce the prison population in the State of Wisconsin by half by 2015. Prison reform, immigration, antiracism work, evangelization all need us to hear the call to be the new people of the universe. 

Dominic was beginning a movement toward, study contemplation and preaching in 1213.  The movement continues with ever widening circles in2013.  Might your widening circle intersect with the Dominican circle?

Joan Duerst, OP
Monona, Wisconsin

Monday, August 5, 2013

Community Days 2013

As I write this blog I look forward to gathering at Sinsinawa this weekend to celebrate Community Days with over 300 Sisters and Associates.  It can be overwhelming – especially the first minute we walk into that formidable building!  And yet, once the initial entry is completed, the days are filled with prayer, friendship and challenge as we look to our future together as a community.

This summer Sister Geri and I have been privileged to lead a number of retreats for faculty and staff of Catholic schools of the Owensboro diocese and religious education programs of small parishes in our diocese.  These persons, the majority of whom are women, are committed to nurturing their own faith lives and discipleship as they minister to young people.  They inspire me as they plant seeds of faith, knowing they will never see the outcome of their labors but are assured that as these young people grow they will be guided by God’s hand. 

As the Sinsinawa Dominican community gathers this weekend we also trust that God will lead us into an unknown future, but with the help of the Spirit and our commitment to one another the outcome is bound to be amazing!

Georgia Acker, OP 
Bowling Green, KY

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