Hope: The Dearest Freshness

Hope: The Dearest Freshness

What a surprise to see an episode recently on CBS-TV’s Sunday Morning about our 21st century versions of Victory Gardens. For those too young to remember, the idea of Victory Gardens was born as World War II approached, to urge people to grow rather than to buy food,...
Hope as Paradox

Hope as Paradox

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the Spring of hope, it was the Winter of despair…” These powerful words, although penned by...
Loving Hope

Loving Hope

After receiving and accepting the invitation to offer some reflections on hope as we celebrate 25 years as Dominican Sisters of Hope, I find myself drawn to a more personal rather than theological approach. I think that’s because I realize that I have found my own...
Mindful Hope

Mindful Hope

Waiting in Mindful Hope is the title of a book by Martina Lehane Sheehan and her reflections have caught my attention. She offers three vital movements in the spiritual life: waiting, mindfulness and hope! She suggests that these are at the cornerstone of authentic...
Hope Lives in Memory, and in the Future

Hope Lives in Memory, and in the Future

Sister Lin, a former Akron Dominican, now Dominican Sister of Peace, volunteered to work with the Las Casas on-site team from October 3 to December 5, 1999. Sister shared with me that I would never forget the year of our founding as Dominican Sisters of Hope because...
Hope as Ambiguous Certainty

Hope as Ambiguous Certainty

Hope requires us to live in ambiguous certainty, seeing both sides of one coin. To some living in hope is naïve; to others it is as essential as breathing. Twenty years ago the movie The Shawshank Redemption explored these opposite sides of hope. The two protagonists...