Veritas, the Latin word for truth, has been the motto of the Dominican Family since its beginnings 800 years ago. Today truth is under attack globally. As members of the Order of Preachers, we wish to share reflections on the meaning of truth and the riches truth offers to heal our broken world. In the sections below you may open both written and video reflections of our members. In addition, resources are available for your study and reflection.

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    “Seeking Truth Together”

    By Donna Ciango, OP (Caldwell). “For many years, I have had the privilege of working with people all over the world to form and sustain small Christian communities. Small Christian communities are groups of eight to 12” […]

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    “Truth is in the details”

    By Marie Sagués, OP (San Rafael). “God created the universe and called it ‘good.’ God continues to sustain creation, maintaining the relationship between what is made and God’s provident plan for it. Even if time before the Fall was a state of perfection, every era — imperfect or not — has been true to God’s creative plan.” […]

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    “Preach as one with a million voices”

    By Susan Leslie, OP (Peace). “St. Catherine of Siena said, ‘Preach the truth as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world.’ After the onset of the Gulf Wars, a number of women and men religious from the U.S. had the opportunity to travel in delegations to Iraq to be […]

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    “Preaching truth in the Mississippi Delta”

    By Joann Blomme, OP (Racine). “Processing my recent 29 years in the Mississippi Delta, I have come to believe that the truth found in the stories of people’s lives here, now, today, made my years there some of the best in my life.”

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    “On the Road to Truth, Find a Two-way Sign”

    By Margaret Galiardi, OP (Amityville). “Get out your old state driver’s manual, the one that helped you to prepare for the written driving test before you ever got behind the wheel. Turn to the section on road signs and find the sign for two-way traffic. It may just be what’s needed to help you negotiate […]

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    “Discovery of Truth Takes Hard Work”

    By Ruth Droege, OP (San Rafael). “In his novel Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson titled the first chapter ‘The Book of the Grotesque.’ Here, he writes that whenever a person takes truth as his or her own truth, he or she becomes grotesque, and the truth becomes a falsehood […]

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    “Searching for Truth”

    By Elaine Jahrsdoerfer, OP (Amityville). “In the early days of television there was a game show called “To Tell the Truth.” In the game, three people claimed to be a certain person, and the panel questioned them to find out which one was telling the truth […]

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    “Preaching truth today: What does it require?”

    By Carol Dempsey, OP (Caldwell). “Preaching truth is needed now as much as it was in the time of the ancient biblical prophets who had to deal with many of the same political, social, economic and religious challenges that people face today in a 21st-century […]

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    “Truth you can see”

    By Barbara Kane, OP (Peace). “I’ve been struggling with the concept of truth for some time now. And in today’s political climate, I’m not the only one. Truth seems to be such a dicey concept. Do you remember the dress that some saw as blue and black and others saw as gold and white? It […]

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    “Truth should have a corner on us”

    By Pat Farrell, OP (San Rafael). The Global Sisters Report has a new column on Truth. This article is the introduction of the column. “In 2005, Stephen Colbert coined the word truthiness on the first episode of “The Colbert Report,” a U.S. television show that took a humorous look at the […]

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