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Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is an important feast because it reminds us of the imperative of gratitude.  Our God is a generous God and all that we have is gift.  Thanksgiving is a feast that reminds us to be present, to stop and appreciate the small things, to recognize our blessings,...
Statistics suggest that every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.   Most often, the abuser is a partner or a member of her own family.  It is estimated that more than 3 women are murdered each day by their partner.   Domestic violence is the leading cause...
Wednesday of this week, August 1st, is the 2018 Earth Overshoot Day!  The human community will have used in 7 months all the natural resources that Earth can naturally replenish in one year.  We are creating an earth deficit for the next 5 months. Every resource we use for the...
For a native-born citizen, patriotism is a natural response. It is reinforced from childhood by the daily recitation in school of the Pledge of Allegiance. It is celebrated with parades, fireworks, music, bunting, and flags. There is much beauty and variety in this land we call home. There are mountains,...
The United Nations has declared Wednesday, June 20th as World Refugee Day. The Dominican Center prays that the global community will welcome refugees, those who flee from their homes due to war, persecution, or fear of harm. As people of Faith and as citizens of a global community, we are...
Memorial Day is a day of mixed blessings. It is laudable to pray for those women and men who served in the military and lost their lives. These women and men were called by our country into risk. They accepted the call, they served, and they paid the sad price...
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January. Dr. King, Jr. is best known as a civil-rights leader. His leadership in the movement brought him worldwide attention. His famous march on Washington was in 1964. He was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964....
Happy New Year! We welcome the New Year with prayers for peace. Perhaps a good resolution for 2018 would be a commitment to working for peace. Pope Francis delivers his annual message for the World Day of Peace, January 1st. His theme for 2018 is “migrants and refugees: men and...