Pat Farrell is a member of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, in California, and lives in the Chicago area. She is executive director of the Dominican Sisters Conference, an organization that unites 19 congregations of Dominican Sisters in the U.S. in their mission to preach the Gospel with a clear voice. Prior to this, she served on her congregation's council and in vocation ministry. She maintains her hope and enthusiasm for religious life.

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Public weeping, public penance

At times like this, we can only weep. Surely, there are others who will weep with us, and we will gather strength from our solidarity so that we can continue to stand, to work, to pray for peace, goodness and justice.

Truth should have a corner on us

Of course, we don't really like the word lie or, worse, liar. So we create new words like "alternative facts" so that we don't have to face the truth ... of the lie.