To be a Dominican is to be a preacher.  As preachers, we share the Good News that has been entrusted to us.  Every day, we preach the word of God in hundreds of different ways through our work in the communities and with one another.

We also share the Word of God on our website through the Sacred Space. This is a collection of reflections, written by a Dominican Sister.  These works proclaim the Word of God and impart a message of hope and peace to those who need to take out of their busy daily lives to reflect and consider.

Seventh Sunday Easter (29th May 2022)

Acts of the Apostles.7.55 /60. Revelations 2. 12/14, 16/17,20. John 17.20/26 As we exit the Liturgical Season of Easter, the Readings today invite us  to Forgive, to Hope, to Pray. The Acts of the Apostles presents us with what could be a modern day story, the Persecutor and the Persecuted. Stephen is banished from the city and stoned and yet he cries out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them” I Forgive. Revelations draws us into the Promise of Jesus.  “Very soon I shall be with you … Jesus repeats his Promise, ” I shall indeed be with you …” With this promise, Jesus invites all of us to “wash our robes clean, so that we can enjoy the fruits of “the tree of life and enter the gates of the city.” I Hope. In the Gospel of John, Jesus gathers all of us into His prayer. I pray … I pray that we may all be one. I pray for all those to whom I have been sent by my Father. I pray for those whom I love. I pray for those who love me. I pray … The Easter Season concludes, inviting us to Forgive, to Hope, to Pray. Amen Alleluia. Christina Greene, OP  

Sixth Sunday of Easter (22 May 2022)

REFLEXION EVANGELIO DE JUAN 14, 23 -29 La Buena Noticia de esta lectura del evangelio de San Juan se nos presenta en esta síntesis: Despedida de Jesús con sus discípulos: lo hace desde el amor más hondo de su corazón y de su relación con cada uno/a de los/as discípulo/as… El legado de Jesús es el Predicar el Reino de Dios en la cotidianidad, la Buena Noticia del Reino con la seguridad de la presencia del Espíritu Santo… DIOS VIVE en nuestros corazones, lo que nos mueve día a día dejando que el amor entre el padre y el hijo que es el Espíritu Santo nos abrace y solo hay que dejarle ser en nosotros/as. El efecto de la presencia de Dios en nuestro corazón, presencia de Dios en el centro de una Comunidad es la PAZ… Dios familia, Dios amor y Paz, Dios Trinidad… No es fácil desde lo más humano dejar partir alguien, dejar de verle, dejar ir,  no entender, tener miedo, no es fácil… lo que sienten los discípulos/as es lo más humano que incluso una misma suele sentir en momentos difíciles y determinante de la perdida y esa ceguera de no poder ver, ni entender ni mucho menos comprender… Cuando Jesús les entrega estas palabras de despedidas a sus discípulos/as lo hace desde lo más humano y profundo de su corazón, pero con una conciencia de entrega extrema en el AMOR… y un amor que se entrega en la cruz. ¿Qué significa para nosotras escuchar hoy la frase “Les dejo la paz, les doy mi paz…”? en estos tiempos convulsionados que nos toca vivir hoy, en este presente aquí y ahora donde están pisando mi  corazón y mis pies, donde nuestra realidad humana, personal y colectiva no es ajena al mundo donde vivimos… ¿Qué significa PAZ en un mundo que se  bombardea de múltiples formas a la MADRE TIERRA, nuestra casa común, nuestra humanidad en todo su esplendor; momento en  que se bombardea la paz personal y comunitaria de nuestros pueblos? “La paz que yo les doy no es como la que da el mundo”: sentir la paz, vivir la paz de Jesús comienza en mi propia persona, en mi interior, abriendo mi corazón abrazando mis fragilidades, mis miedos, mis inquietude s, mis búsquedas; hacer la paz y dar la paz comienza en mi ser y estar en relación con los demás y aprendiendo a ser humano/a día a día y así  al estilo de Jesús, a imitación suya poder entregar un gesto de amor, una palabra de paz, una mirada acogedora y  un abrazo sincero a al que está solo, al que sufre, al que busca, a quien camina… Hacer la paz y dar la Paz es abrazar a nuestra TIERRA MADRE, sentirla respirar hondo y regalando VIDA… limpiarla de toda herida causada y amarla en toda su creación… El Espíritu Santo, amor del Padre y del Hijo nos mueve y anima en el camino, en la Predicación de la Buena Noticia que guardamos en nuestro corazón, el Espíritu Santo necesita de nuestra apertura para ser y hacer en nosotros/as la Buena Noticia y que en este momento que la Iglesia nos convoca a la Sinodalidad, hacer el camino de sinodalidad a la cual estamos llamados/as e invitados/as  a andar, convocados/as a participar pidamos al Espíritu Santo su presencia  entre nosotros/as, pidamos sentir la paz que Jesús nos regala en medio de todo lo que sucede en el camino…les dejo esta frase de la canción “Dios de aquel Pentecostés” de Pablo Martínez. SE COMO VIENTO QUE LIBREMENTE, MUEVE Y ANIMA DÁNDONOS FUERZA. REAVIVA EL FUEGO QUE DIO TU LLAMA, Y CONVENCENOS DE TU PALABRA. Y DANOS CORAJE, PARA SALIR. DIOS DE AQUÉL PENTECOSTÉS, DATE A TUS HIJOS/AS OTRA VEZ, REGÁLANOS TU ESPÍRITU SEÑOR.   Ana Chavez O.P. REFLECTION GOSPEL OF JOHN 14, 23 -29 The Good News of this reading of the Gospel of Saint John is presented to us in this summary: o   Farewell of Jesus with his disciples: He does it from the deepest love of his heart and from his relationship with each of the disciples… o   The legacy of Jesus is to preach the Kingdom of God in everyday life, the Good News of the Kingdom with the security of the presence of the Holy Spirit… o   GOD LIVES in our hearts, and what moves us day by day, is letting the love between the Father and the Son, that is the Holy Spirit, embrace us . We just have to let him be in us. o   The effect of the presence of God in our hearts, the presence of God in the centre of a Community is PEACE… God is family, God is love and Peace, God  is Trinity… It is not easy from the most human point of view to let someone go, to stop seeing him or her, to let go, not to understand, to be afraid, it is not easy… what the disciples feel is the most human thing that even one usually feels in difficult and determining moments. of loss and that is the blindness of not being able to see, or understand, much less comprehend… When Jesus delivers these farewell words to his disciples, he does so from the most human and deepest part of his heart, but with an awareness of extreme dedication in LOVE… and a love that gives itself on the cross. What does it mean for us today to hear the phrase “I leave you peace, I give you my peace…?” in these turbulent times where we have to live today, in this present here and now where my heart and feet are treading, where our human, personal and collective reality is not alien to the world where we live… What does PEACE mean in a world that bombards MOTHER EARTH in multiple ways, our common home, our humanity in all its splendor; this moment in which the personal and community peace of our peoples is bombarded?  “The peace that I […]

Fifth Sunday of Easter (15th May 2022)

The readings for our Mass today tell us that suffering can be a part of discipleship, but that does not mean there is no hope. In the first reading Paul and Barnabas speak of the hardships which much be endured for the Kingdom of God. In the second reading John describes his vision of heaven. And in the gospel, before he is betrayed by Judas, Jesus tells his disciples that they must love as he loves. Yet what does this love mean?  It goes beyond loving our neighbours as ourselves.  This love gives without expecting anything in return.  It is a love that is vulnerable and does not count the cost. Can we even imagine what our world would be like if we were all to love one another – imagine the effect it would have on all the pain and suffering, the war and disease.  It is easy to get overwhelmed by disasters, wars and all the ways in which our world does not show love.  We can’t change others, we can only take small steps to change ourselves.  Maybe our example can teach others but we can only be responsible for changing ourselves. To ponder this week: What can I do to show love for others? How do I allow myself to be loved? Who are the individuals or communities that show great witness by the way they love one another – how has their example affected me?     Sr. Miriam Weir OP