Do You Have Passion?

Do You Have Passion?

“Do I have passion?” the pastor asked himself in front of the multiethnic congregation. The reading was about the Baptism of Jesus. Jesus was invited by John to come to the water. This morning reminded me again of what I care about. In New York, for a couple of days,...
Going Where the Hurt is: My Experience in El Salvador

Going Where the Hurt is: My Experience in El Salvador

I pause on this foggy, gray day to ponder the familiar words of Martin Buber, “We must go throughout these grey days as bearers of glad tidings.” As Dominican Sisters of Hope, we live in hope, and life continues to intervene, challenging our hope day after day. Three...
Gardening is a Community Affair

Gardening is a Community Affair

The Garden at Mariandale was put to bed for the winter. As I stand before the seventeen raised beds, now seeded with winter rye to bring fresh nourishment for the spring, I am caught in a kind of reverie. I recall the fresh energy of new beginnings from former spring...
The Bees are Coming: A Sign of the Times

The Bees are Coming: A Sign of the Times

Earth Day is every day, yet it takes on a new and deeper meaning here at Mariandale this year. This Retreat and Conference Center, and those of us who live, work and visit here, recently welcomed two hives of honeybees. Concerned as we Dominican Sisters of Hope are...