Blue Hole Wisdom: Thoughts for the Journey
When I began my relationship with the Incarnate Word Sisters, what started as a job has evolved into a life journey that has changed what I value and the paths I travel. This blog is an outgrowth of that evolution. At Blue Hole Wisdom, you’ll find posts about the wisdom to be found in everyday experience.
I’m glad we can share the journey.
What is the Blue Hole?
The Blue Hole is the headwaters of the San Antonio River. It lies in the heart of the congregation’s motherhouse lands, an oasis of calm in the middle of San Antonio. When the sisters came to this place in 18 the land was dotted with pecan trees, brush and natural springs. The Blue Hole erupted as a geyser. Over time, the aquifer has diminished and from a distance the Blue Hole can be mistaken for a simple stone well–until you look down inside.
After a heavy rain the water bubbles up pure, an emerald and lapis jewel. Small minnows swirl in the depths and the outpouring of the verdigris water melds into the dusty brown San Antonio River as a spreading fan, rolling and teeming with life. The Blue Hole can be calm, and the bubbles and ripples of the spring water dance beneath the tiny ferns hugging the stone walls and only a trickle feeds the river. At times the Blue Hole is dry, evaporated under the blistering San Antonio heat, the waters hidden below the limestone.
For more than 100 years, the sisters have walked and prayed here. Like the waters of the Blue Hole, their wisdom runs deep, clear and pure.
It is a wisdom derived from their Incarnational Spirituality, their belief that God is present in all things, and that God is present in relationship. And it is through relationship that we can heal a broken world.
I have known the sisters for more than 15 years. They can be wise, funny, sweet, fierce, brilliant, ordinary and human. Working with them has changed who I am, how I relate to the world around, and my spiritual life.