Providence Associates Features & Reflections
These are the women who taught me how to be who I am without apologizing, to be faithful to the Gospel even when it means being at odds with hierarchy, and to seek out peace in all things. I have learned so much about being a woman, a Christian, a Catholic, an environmental steward, and generally being a human from these people. Continue reading
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
Lent isn’t a time of giving up. It is a time of looking within ourselves. It is the time for our body, mind, heart and soul to become one with our Jesus Christ. Together, let us embrace this sacred time just as our Saint of God Mother Theodore Guerin did, “trusting in Providence that so far has never failed us.” Continue reading
Women clergy often put extra pressure on themselves to be good examples of living “balanced” lives for the people with whom they minister … followed by a heap of guilt for not always being able to accomplish this! Let us plan a day of rest, reflection, and renewal for you with, A Day of Reflection for Women Ministers, Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 2-8 p.m. at Providence Spirituality & Conference Center. Continue reading
Who is our neighbor? It is everyone. People in need, people we despise. People who hold different religious or political beliefs. People who look different than us. People who have less than us. People who inconvenience us.
At the basis of perhaps all prejudice, all hatred, all misgivings toward others, is fear.
Fear of change or fear of being asked to change. Fear that there will not be enough for us. Fear of losing customs and traditions that are dear to us. The list goes on.
What things might make you feel better than someone else? Perhaps you went to school longer. You earn more money. You have better behaved kids. You hold yourself to a higher moral order. These things might bring a sense of pride. Recall people and circumstances in your life that have made good things possible for you. Consider whether those you disdain, look down on, have been surrounded by such blessings? Continue reading
“Here’s the thing, Hon.” Like most mysteries, like most authentic relationships, it’s not easy to describe or explain how deep and strong is the connection between, among those who share the charism of Providence. Continue reading
An important part of the orientation toward becoming Providence Associates is the sharing of stories.
Several spoke of seeking something more in their lives, of seeking a deeper spirituality.
One young woman saw this as a way to keep her accountable to community service. Another was seeking intentionality.
Several were friends of Providence Associates who had heard their tales of life-giving experience as a Providence Associate and were looking for the same. Continue reading
There was no Wabash Avenue bridge. The crossing of the Wabash was made by ferry—probably a flat-bottomed open raft. Arrival on the other side was followed by a carriage ride through the river bottoms on and at times wholly submerged plank road—a soggy, wet, carriage ride during which the horses were at times literally swimming, with water up to their necks. The carriage tipped sideways twice, its wheels caught on tree roots. Later, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin would write, “When one has nothing more to lose, the heart is inaccessible to fear.” Continue reading