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A call to change

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 2:44 am by

There are many things from which we can fast — irreverence, exploitation, and control, for example. I heard some options several years ago that bear repeating: We can choose to fast from having the last word, or fast from holding on to a past hurt or memory. We can fast from always being right so that we can hear and hold sacred the truth of another. Continue reading

Grateful for the gifts of each day

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 3:32 am by

The days have gently slipped by, and I have only a few more weeks with my loving sisters in this small village on this beautiful island of Sri Lanka.
We walked, climbed, and gazed, almost always in the hot sun. To enter into the area around any of the shrines, one had to remove shoes and hat, which meant that one was even more vulnerable to the blazing sun and the hot paving stones and sand that surrounded the shrines. At the end of each day, we were exhausted but grateful for its gifts. Continue reading

Introducing our new coordinator…

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 1:33 am by

A new and enthusiastic coordinator has taken the reins for the National Shrine of Our Lady of Providence. There couldn’t be a better fit for Sister Mary Rita Griffin. Continue reading

Chinese New Year in the Shrine

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 1:10 am by

The Sisters of Providence have always been fond of celebrating the Chinese New Year. Mother Theodore always dreamed of ministering in China. Instead, she journeyed to our deep, Indiana forests! Continue reading

Poetry: A tree in winter

Posted on February 22, 2015 at 2:36 am by

In the wintertime of my soul
barren branches stand stark
clothed in heaviness of ice
bestowed by winter night storm. Continue reading

French fries with a fork: yes — crossed legs: no

Posted on February 21, 2015 at 4:03 am by

Recently, a Sisters of Providence communications staff member unearthed a “Sisters of Providence Etiquette” booklet in our archives and proudly brought her find to my desk. Dated 1968, the booklet gives detailed instructions on how a Sister of Providence should look, sound and act in a variety of situations, from car rides to meal times to classrooms and even Superiors’ offices. Continue reading

‘World Day of Social Justice’

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 5:30 am by

This year’s theme is fair trade Continue reading

Great mystery, small doses

Posted on February 19, 2015 at 1:49 am by

I subscribe to Richard Rohr’s daily meditations online. One reflection last week was on how we read and interpret the Sacred Scriptures. He invites us to know that we can only absorb people’s stories and experience in small doses….a little  Continue Reading »

Sisters of Providence invited to Vietnamese New Year Mass

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 5:07 am by

Sisters Editha Ben and Mary Beth Klingel are invited by Sister Anna Ho to a Vietnamese Lunar New Year Mass and celebration in Indianapolis on Feb. 15. Continue reading

Online radio show answers question ‘what is a Providence Associate?’

Posted on February 15, 2015 at 3:56 am by

What is a Providence Associate, anyway?
Providence Associates Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton address that question here in their blog talk radio show, Open Book. Continue reading

French foundress now has “southwestern” look

Posted on February 13, 2015 at 1:55 am by

Something tells me that Taos New Mexico artist JK (Jan) Lamkin and Saint Mother Theodore Guerin would really hit it off. Continue reading

‘But I won’t get any supper …’

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 5:30 am by

Bread for the World 2015 offering of letters Continue reading

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