In Her Own Words:
Home is Where My Love Lies Waiting

– by Cindy Broderick, OP
Temporary Professed

"Home where my thought's escaping,
Home where my music's playing,
Home where my love lies waiting
Silently for me."

– “Homeward Bound,” Simon and Garfunkel

Sister Cindy Broderick, right, with Sister Sara Bingham in April 2006.

We use the song, “ Homeward Bound,” in the Kairos retreat program as part of a morning reflection that begins a day focused on the obstacles in our lives that get in the way of God's friendship. The song always raises within me the longings to be home — literally and spiritually. While I have had many "homes," the one place that I call home now is the Motherhouse in Adrian , Michigan. The word “home” has so many different meanings. It represents the place where I can relax, "where my thought's escaping." It is when I am at the Motherhouse that I am most myself — most able to laugh, to be away from my worries, and to reflect, especially with others. Home is also the place where I feel most loved. While I love being with my family, they sort of have to love me (blood is thicker than water); but when I come home to Adrian, I come home to people who love me for who I am — good and bad alike. This is where my sisters are, living and deceased, and therefore, it is where I want to be as well. Most importantly, though, coming home to Adrian means coming back to my core with God. It is being able to pray with my sisters and sit in the spaces where I have met God. It is the place where I must remove my shoes, because I know I stand on holy ground. Being home helps me to tap back into what it means to be an Adrian Dominican Sister, and it also reminds me that I have a mission to participate in away from Adrian, to which I have been called and sent by my God and my sisters. Adrian gives me "food for the journey," and when I return to my ministry in Chicago, I feel refreshed and whole once more. Home is so much more than a place — it truly is "where my thought's escaping, my music's playing, and my love lies waiting silently for me."

(Sister Cindy Broderick, who is temporary professed, is a campus minister and religion teacher at Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, Illinois.)