Finding Mystery in the Ordinary: A Guide for Women

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Finding Mystery in the Ordinary: A Guide for Women

  • Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa
12 Lectures (5 Discs) Including Electronic Study Guide
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Find God in your daily life with this moving retreat.

All women experience joyful, sorrowful, glorious, and luminous mysteries. In addition, they also experience ordinary mysteries that take place during prayer, conversation, volunteer activities, and other daily actions. It is in these seemingly mundane activities that God is profoundly present in His Mystery.

This retreat invites women to reflect upon the experience of ordinary mystery in their own lives. In these conferences, you will discover the mystery of everyday holiness as you explore how God is present in all things. Your guide is Sr. Ann Willits, O.P., a celebrated retreat leader, storyteller, and Dominican sister.

As you embark on this retreat, you will enjoy a reflection on the meaning of mystery—God’s continuing presence in our lives. Then, you will look at the reality of paradox, which helps us integrate and think poetically. You will also look at the example of Mary, reflecting prayerfully on her experiences as a mother, teacher, sister, and friend. You will encounter Mary not as a distant saint but rather a real, relatable woman.

Throughout these conferences, you will explore various ordinary mysteries: waiting, displacement, relationship, vocation, practice, resilience, punctuation, attitude, and direction. As you take this spiritual journey, Sr. Willits will guide you to enrich the holy in your human activities.

Embrace your ordinary mysteries and discover God in all things today.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • There Are No Words
  • Liquid Root
  • Will the Real Mary Please Sit Down?
  • Why Are We Waiting?
  • A Matter of Separation
  • Keep in Touch
  • Distilled Reflection
  • Will We Ever Get It Right?
  • What Matters Most?
  • Hope Is More Than a Hunch
  • I Won’t Complain
  • When Are You Coming Home?
About Your Presenter

Sister Ann Willits, O.P., is a preacher, poet, writer, and lecturer. She has offered parish missions, retreats, lectures and conferences for many years across the world. A gifted storyteller, she uses the power of stories to help people reflect on their own lives and grow spiritually. Sr. Willits made her profession as a Dominican Sister from Sinsinawa, Wisconsin in 1958. After receiving her B.A. from Rosary College, she received her M.A. from St. Thomas University and did postgraduate studies at Marquette University. In the early seventies, Sister Ann was elected to serve for two terms on the General Council of her Congregation. For twenty-one years, she was Director of PARABLE, a national Conference for Dominican Life and Mission, which was sponsored by all of the branches of the Order of Preachers in the United States. She is presently an itinerant, mendicant Dominican, preaching and teaching and continuously rejoicing in the people she meets.

Praise for Ann Willits

“Sister Ann Willits is a widely recognized preacher. She has preached retreats both nationally and internationally… recommend her spiritual wisdom to anyone.”
– Donald Goergen O.P.

Sister Ann Willits, O.P., is a preacher, poet, writer, and lecturer. She has offered parish missions, retreats, lectures and conferences for many years across the world. A gifted storyteller, she uses the power of stories to help people reflect on their own lives and grow spiritually. Sr. Willits made her profession as a Dominican Sister from Sinsinawa, Wisconsin in 1958. After receiving her B.A. from Rosary College, she received her M.A. from St. Thomas University and did postgraduate studies at Marquette University. In the early seventies, Sister Ann was elected to serve for two terms on the General Council of her Congregation. For twenty-one years, she was Director of PARABLE, a national Conference for Dominican Life and Mission, which was sponsored by all of the branches of the Order of Preachers in the United States. She is presently an itinerant, mendicant Dominican, preaching and teaching and continuously rejoicing in the people she meets.

Praise for Ann Willits

“Sister Ann Willits is a widely recognized preacher. She has preached retreats both nationally and internationally… recommend her spiritual wisdom to anyone.”
– Donald Goergen O.P.

“Ann is inimitable, one of a kind… Whatever the medium, she is able to move her audience to tears and laughter, awe and acceptance and insight and action, most times, all at the same time. Ann’s lectures are a must.”
– Sr. Margaret Ormond, O.P., Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace

“Sister Ann Willits has a rare combination of wit and depth. She makes us laugh as she takes us through the deepest and most human experiences.”
– Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.

“Sr. Ann Willits, OP, is one of the finest speakers that I have had the opportunity of hearing in the last few years. Her knowledge of her subject as well as her ease of presentation, engagement of the participants, her ability to challenge and her fine sense of humor make for a wonderful experience of a truly superb preacher.”
– Mary Sue Kennedy, O.P., Executive Director of the Dominican Sisters Conference

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Poor presentation style
The presenter reads the script in a bizarre way, pausing in the middle of phrases, using weird inflections, speaking veeerrryyy slowly. Her presentation style is so distracting and annoying I can't concentrate on the material. Unfortunately I'm past the 90 day return window or I would ask for a refund. Review by Karen (Posted on 10/8/2018)
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