“Nothing simplifies life like a zombie apocalypse…” The summer movie “World War Z” proved thought-provoking for two Dominican student brothers from the Province of St. Joseph. Their reflections (“Zombie Apocalypse: Life Among the Ruins” by Br. Edmund McCullough, OP, and “Zombie Apocalypse: A Plague” by Br. Pier Giorgio Denger, OP) were published in Dominicana.
Monthly Archives: July 2013
The Summer 2013 edition of The Occasional Papers, a publication of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), features an interview with Fr. Donald Goergen, OP. Fr. Donald addressed questions from Sister Annmarie Sanders, IHM, LCWR communications director, on “matters of contemplation and the Spirit.” Reprinted with permission. Read article (PDF)
“Near the foot of the Hollywood Hills, in the shadow of the iconic white towering Hollywood sign, quietly sits the Monastery of the Angels, a community of Dominican nuns.” Br. John Maria Devaney, OP, writes about the first cloistered community of monastic women in Southern California. Read article in Dominicana
Sister Mary Ann Pevas, OP (Racine) is a retired university professor who taught economics at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. She had the unique experience of going on sabbatical to Cairo, Egypt, where she learned Arabic and spent time talking with the “ordinary people” of Egypt. She also taught at Bethlehem University in Palestine. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience of the Middle East. She has a blog, “Insights about Egypt,” and was recently featured in a video interview with Sister Lois Aceto.
What is Earth asking of the Order?
Question: What is Earth asking of the Order?
Response: Communion consciousness.
Question: What is communion consciousness?
Response: Read the poem.
By Denise Levertov
It was a flower.
From a bare patch
of that poor soil, solitary,
sprang the flower, face upturned
looking completely, openly into my eyes.
Pale, shell-pink a chalice,
no wider across than a sixpence;
It looked at me, I looked back
delight filled me as if
I, not the flower,
were a flower and were brimful of rain.
And there was endlessness.
Perhaps through a lifetime what I’ve desired
has always been to return
to that endless giving and receiving
of that attention,
Within the taproot that gave rise to our Dominican Family in the 13th century is a wisdom understanding that every member of the Dominican Family is called to awaken within ourselves, and within every context to which we are sent in mission. The taproot wisdom at the heart of Dominican identity and mission can be described today as communion consciousness.
Communion consciousness is what enabled Dominic to envision his followers as a Family. Communion consciousness was the worldview and grace with which early Dominicans challenged the dualisms of the Albigensian heresy. Communion consciousness drove Catharine of Siena to appeal for peace among warring factions in Italy, and unity within a divided Church. Communion consciousness has inspired and directed the praxis of Dominicans at the frontiers in every field of mission—the arts, sciences, and humanities, as well as pastoral and social justice contexts.
In these places, Dominicans then and now have been called to challenge dualistic worldviews with communion consciousness in order that the thinking, acting, and believing that causes domination, exploitation, abuse, and death will be transformed.
More recently, developing technologies have enabled humankind to experience and understand the Creator’s design in the universe. Dominicans are studying, praying, and preaching this holy text which is revealing the truth of our kinship to Earth, and the communion dynamics that are not only at the heart of our expanding universe but within all of creation.
As we are coming to understand communion as a dynamic operating in the universe, we are also experiencing a deeper communion with planet Earth. It is in and through our communion consciousness with Earth that our planet is acting to save her life and all of life.