Sunday, 22 January 2017 15:09

Lighting a candle in response to the times

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Last fall the [Springfield] State Journal-Register ran a guest column by our Sister Teresa Marron, OP, in which she explained that our vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience are “a prophetic witness against the abuse of money, sex, and power.”

Last fall the [Springfield] State Journal-Register ran a guest column by our Sister Teresa Marron, OP, in which she explained that our vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience are “a prophetic witness against the abuse of money, sex, and power.”

We find ourselves after a divisive election, with a desire to state publicly our recommitment to those vows and to the people we serve through them.

Throughout the election cycle we became concerned about the state of our democracy and its future. Now we ask ourselves, what can we Dominican Sisters contribute to the civil discourse that can make a difference?

We’ve all heard the expression “it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” We choose to light our candle. We want to do our part to heal the divisions that have wounded many in our nation and threatened our civility, our democracy and our very souls.

For three Wednesdays after the inauguration ceremonies we will offer a series of “Brown Bag Seminars” to welcome into dialogue those who wish to walk together on a journey of recommitment and healing for our nation.

Each gathering is scheduled for 12:10-1 p.m. in the Aquinas Center at Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield. For more information, call (217) 787-0481.

The Dominican Sisters of Springfield were founded in Jacksonville, in 1873, where they began their ministry among immigrant families. They serve as educators, healers and advocates for those who are poor and marginalized throughout the United States and in Peru.

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