As Dominican nuns, our main job is prayer. We pray for all kinds of things. We pray for all the people who ask us for prayers for their needs, great and small. We pray for our departed loved ones, friends, benefactors, and brothers and sisters in the Order. We are praying for the racial tensions and strife in our own country, the United States of America. We pray for all the urgent needs of our world today. And one of the most urgent needs is the ongoing crisis in Iraq. We have added community prayers for this intention to our own personal prayers, and we hope you will join us in praying for a peaceful and long-lasting solution to this terrible situation. Fr. Bruno Cadore, OP, Master General of the Dominican Order, has issued a plea to the UN which you can read here. We hope you will join us in praying for these intentions and also for an end to the violence and tension in Ferguson, MO. May we all have the courage to strive for peace in whatever way we can, and one thing we can all do is be united in prayer.