Weekly Preaching

Sinsinawa a Spiritual Home for Many


Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 16, 2020

IS. 56: 1, 6-7. ROM 11: 13-15, 29-32 MT 15: 21-28

“For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”


Sister Monica Oboagwina, OP
Sister Monica Oboagwina, OP

Sinsinawa Mound has always been a “home” to me, a house of prayer. As the Mound is changing, it will still remain the other type of home--a house of prayer, a spiritual home, the center of who we are as Sinsinawa Dominicans. It has welcomed people of all backgrounds and will continue, though maybe not in the ways we know it now. It will always be a holy ground. The Mound remains a holy mountain, a spiritual ground that pulls people to a peaceful embrace of silence, of serenity, that often automatically results in a contemplative mood. The spiritual and physical footprint of those who lived or visited there will always exist. 

Whatever shape or form the Mound becomes, to me it’ll always be a place to withdraw to, to walk the grounds, a place to heal where people pray, e.g., the prayer chain of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli. Who knows, it might be a place of pilgrimage. 

With so many uncertainties about the world, what will be the Mound to you in the future? Besides your heart, where do you find that central spiritual home, a happy home, a peaceful dwelling place where the Good News story continues and invites?

By Monica Oboagwina, OP