PA Reflections & Writings
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
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
For me, Providence is God’s unconditional and interdependent love for each and every creation, given freely to be shared with, by and for every creation. God is present and acting. I may not recognize or sense God’s Providence, especially in times of struggle or pain. Continue reading
“Since becoming a Providence Associate, I strive to do my work in a spirit of love, mercy and justice. This mindset shift has changed how I see my consulting clients and my business partners. I now see that we are on life’s journey together, brought together by Providence, often in very unlikely combinations, always for better outcomes,” writes Providence Associate Maureen Baca in taking a look at what impact living as a Providence Associate has on her life. Continue reading
What does it really mean to come home to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods? We come home to reunite in prayer, song, and simple yet profound conversations about what it means to be Providence. We welcome the new faces among us, reconnect with friends and remember those who could not make the journey. Continue reading
Coming home means … friendly faces and laughter.
Coming home means … feeling at ease and at peace.
Coming home means … being together in Our Woods! Continue reading
We are all in this mission together. Without the talents of each and every one of us, the mission could not continue as it does today. We are the risk-takers navigating the unknown, just as Saint Mother Theodore navigated the ocean, rivers and roads to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods 174 years ago. She surrendered to the will of our Provident God knowing that God would not fail her or her companions. Continue reading