Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Going Home

Several weeks ago, I decided to spend a long weekend at our motherhouse, affectionately called “the Mound.” The inner voice was quite insistent, so I knew it was time. I returned today from that extended weekend, which was just what my heart and soul needed.

Something happened inside of me on my very first visit to Sinsinawa that I’ve never been able to explain. Simply said: I felt as if I had finally come home. That didn’t make much sense, because in no way does Sinsinawa, Wisconsin look or feel like Mobile, Alabama or New Orleans, Louisiana – two places that are my home of origin. But, my heart feels awake and simultaneously at peace whenever I am at the Mound. Being there captivates me and the experience of it all lures me back. So, I go as often as I can and stay as long as I can.

We often refer to the Mound as sacred grounds. I believe that is true. It is also a place of great beauty where many of our sisters live and many more return for various gatherings, as they can. There is an energy and quiet peace that I think resonates within our prayer, worship, conversations, love for one another, laughter, ministry, study, life-challenges, walks in nature, time with family and other guests… etc. So, sometimes I have to go to simply be there with my sisters and to get renewed. Today, my heart is filled with an abundance of good things. Actually, I am feeling downright happy!

How are you doing with self-care these days?
Sr. Tanya Williams, OP
Minneapolis, MN


  1. Sr. Tanya,

    Reading your sharing was like opening my journal to the page describing my first visit to the Mound. Talking with one of your sisters, I shared that it was hard to explain, but that "I felt at home and at peace" as soon as I arrived. Not the usual response for me in a place and with people I did not know. Her response was a "knowing" smile. She understood.

    There is most definitely a personal & spiritual refreshment following a stay at Sinsinawa. I have been privileged to visit each year since and look forward to my next mini-retreat. The sources of inspiration are endless... from the faces & kindnesses of the sisters to the beautiful areas for prayer and contemplation to the glorious sunshine streaming through the surrounding grounds.

    Thanks for the reminder that it's time for a spiritual road trip!

  2. I agree with you Tanya. The first time I made reteat at the Mound I felt at home. Every time I got back there I travel with the anticipation of going to a safe, comfortable place where I am welcome and known. One of my favorite parts of going to the Mound these past few months is all of the sisters saying "welcome home Krissie" or "Glad you're home Krissie".


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