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Lectio Divina, Visio Divina: A Way of Prayer

Note: This post accompanies content in the January 2022 issue of JUST Words. For more context, read the magazine here. For generations, people of faith have sought ways of prayer to guide their hearts toward the wisdom of God. One of those methods, lectio divina—or “holy reading—has withstood the test of time. By quieting oneself …

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Antiracism Websites

Being Antiracist. National Museum of African American History and Culture Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Teaching Hard History: American Slavery.  Learning for Justice.  Reflection, Inquiry, Self-awareness, and Empathy: Strategies to Integrate Racial Equity in Teaching. DePaul University. Yes, Critical Race Theory is compatible with Catholicism. Here’s why. America Magazine. Critical race theory is a …

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Human Rights: Month for Peace 2021

In Venezuela, human rights were part of the Venezuelan democratic legislation, although their compliance was questionable, particularly during the social explosion of 1989 known as “Caracazo”. The current Constitution recognizes, expands and elevates them. However, there are cases where it has become evident that these have been violated. The right to life, to food, to …

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Elections & Political Parties: Month for Peace 2021

Voting has been the democratic form par excellence used by citizens to settle political conflicts. The people understood that voting in elections was the most important component of what Democracy means, although elections are not enough for the preservation of Democracy, as sometimes voting does not necessarily mean electing. In a democracy, all members of …

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Elizabeth Garnier-Little, right, with her sister Wanda Garnier and Sister Barbara Ann Bogenschutz, OP, at Our Lady of the Sioux Parish, Oglala, S.D., in 2017

Lakota Wisdom: An Interview with Elizabeth Garnier-Little

Elizabeth Garnier-Little, right, with her sister Wanda Garnier and Sister Barbara Ann Bogenschutz, OP, at Our Lady of the Sioux Parish, Oglala, S.D., in 2017. Elizabeth Garnier-Little is an 80 years-wise Lakota woman born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Oglala, South Dakota. A teacher of all grades K-12 for 52 years, …

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Indigenous Peoples Day 2021: The Both/And of Truth

Confused about which Federal holiday we are observing today? You are forgiven. The answer is that we are observing two Federal holidays October 11, 2021: The first-ever Federally recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day AND the seemingly forever-observance of Columbus Day. On Friday last week President Joseph Biden issued the first-ever presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day AND…

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Dominican Associate Class of 2022 Prepares for “Hybrid” Formation

Just as parents and students know what “hybrid learning” is, so does the new class of Springfield Dominican Associate candidates. The Dominican Family has room for everyone. Two Springfield Dominican Sisters and two associates answer the question “What attracted you to the Dominican Family?” Hear stories from associates Vicki Schmidt and Kara Mernaugh and Sisters…

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