i’d like a compass

with you at the north

and my sisters in the west


i’ll keep it in my pocket

and take it out for direction

when i can’t remember

the skin i’m in or

the rhythm of my own song


to the south are the mountains,

pink rhododendrons and sweet tea


and east

east is where the sun rises

and the Christ-light

finds me always

on the way home



Sun on the Mississippi, by Sarah Hennessey, FSPA




About the Rabble Rouser:


Sister Sarah Hennessy is a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She grew up in North Carolina as an active Quaker and became a Catholic in 2000. For her, Jesus’ messy business includes falling in love with Christ AND with the People of God! Her heart is on fire for the Hispanic community, poetry, playing guitar and accompanying people through birth, death and the living that comes in between. She currently ministers as the perpetual adoration coordinator at St. Rose Convent, as a Mary of the Angels Chapel tour guide, and a volunteer at Franciscan Hospitality House.