Providence Associates Features & Reflections
Becoming a Providence Associate completed a circle, returning to the roots that nourished me even when I was in a different space. The spirituality and witness of the Sisters of Providence is a magnet that continues to attract and hold close the depths of my heart. Returning as an associate is like coming home. Continue reading
What continues to draw me to the associate relationship is the deep spirituality I encounter every time I’m with the sisters—their intelligence, their strength, their kindness, their joy, their inclusiveness, their openness to re-evaluating the way things are in their situation, both as individuals and as a community, their openness to change, and most of all the way they live out their strong commitment to Providence “that so far has never failed us.” Continue reading
Do you know the story of Saint Mother Theodore’s painful relationship with the Bishop Cèlestine de la Hailandière of Vincennes, Indiana? At one point Bishop de la Hailandière went so far as to lock Saint Mother Theodore in the room and excommunicate her from the Congregation. Continue reading
My desire to be a Providence Associate was rooted in my desire to live an authentic life that is consistent with my values and true to the calling from my God. Continue reading
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.