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Rhythms and Tension

Rhythms and Tension was published by the Sisters of Providence in 1981. This booklet shares the stories of several sisters of a variety of ages and ministries. The introduction of this publication explains its purpose:

“Thomas Merton once wrote that choosing to live a life in a monastery is no guarantee that one will find immediate peace. That comes only after one is able to envision oneself as ‘not even possible’ without the Divine. Even then, such insight is a gift. But then, so is the courage freely to choose this lifestyle, allowing the Divine Tension to interfere with the patterns and familiar rhythms of one’s life. This book is dedicated to those who know what it is to feel this Divine Tension and to respond to it. In the hope that others may benefit from their experiences and thoughts, they share, with love, their Divine Tensions, their life’s patterns and many rhythms.”

Rhythms and Tension was created by Carolyn Myss and Carol Hasler, a former Sister of Providence. Sister Thomas Jeanne Doriot wrote the poetry. In the back of the publication the editors gave special recognition to Sister Catherine Joseph Wilcox (RIP) for her assistance.

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The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are a congregation of Roman Catholic women religious (sisters) who minister throughout the United States and Taiwan. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence in 1840. The congregation has a mission of being God's Providence in the world by committing to performing works of love, mercy and justice in service among God's people.

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