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November 2016  
Director's Reflections

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As we move closer to Election Day, it is important to consider our responsibility to the last and the least in light of the Gospel of Christ. Our reflection this week is written by Sister Judith Benkert, OP, who is our Promoter of Vocations for the West.

Blessings,
Sister Sara

Director of Vocations
517-266-3537




Give an Inch, Take a Mile
By Sister Judith Benkert, OP

There is a definite warning in that old saying, "Give and inch, take a mile." I grew up with it. I was told to be careful, don't get over involved. Don't let "them" take advantage of your generosity. Guard your heart.

Then there is the other side of the coin echoed in Jesus' words to me. If someone asks for your shirt, give your coat as well. Love your enemies; do well to those who hate you. Search for the common good and perhaps you will find your heart and soul for the Beloved.

I just returned from the School of the Americas (SOA) Watch: Convergence at the Border. SOA Watch traditionally holds protests every November at Fort Benning, Georgia, the site of the School of the Americas. This U.S. government-run school trains military officers from Latin American countries how to engage in warfare tactics, which are often used against their own people. The traditional November rally calls for the closure of the SOA, whose graduates have committed countless murders and human rights violations against their own people.

This year, we met at the border between Nogales, Mexico, and Nogales, Arizona, to protest the militarization of our border. We were a group of hundreds of people, young and old, men and women, able bodied and "handi-capable", with no competition or ownership. We were putting on Christ and learning to express the mind of Christ. We walked and prayed, shouted slogans referring to injustices that became very apparent during the gatherings in workshops. Everything associated with the Convergence was geared to educate toward becoming a more just and inclusive world.

It isn't the "wall" that was so apparent in Nogales. The  Disconocidos (Unknowns) are not only those lost in the desert but those lost at sea, shut out of countries, and in the ravages of climate tragedies throughout the world that need our assistance. How am I able to open my heart to put on Christ and be of help to the suffering peoples and places on our Earth? 

Go ahead, Judith, give the inch and let it become a mile.


Dominican Quote

"The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases."

- St. Rose of Lima


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Join Us in Prayer

Official Prayer for the 800th Jubilee of the Dominican Order
 
God, Father of mercy,
who called your servant Dominic de Guzman
to set out in faith
as an itinerant pilgrim and a preacher of grace,
as we prepare to celebrate the Jubilee of the Order
we ask you to pour again into us
the Spirit of the Risen Christ,
that we might faithfully and joyfully proclaim
the Gospel of peace,
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.


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