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October 3, 2010: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Mother Theodore believed that anything is possible with God's help and showed her faith in her actions.

The followers of Jesus said to him, “Increase our faith!” And Jesus said, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore, ‘Be rooted up, and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
(Luke 17:5-6)

Faith is a very important virtue, especially when it comes to religion because often we do not see what we believe. Probably no one reading this has seen God or Jesus, and yet we believe that God exists and that Jesus was human like us and lived on the earth. In today’s gospel Jesus speaks about the power of faith. If we truly believe something is possible, amazing things can happen. But first we must believe. This includes believing in ourselves and in our abilities.

Today is the feast of St. Mother Theodore Guerin.
She had tremendous faith. She believed that anything is possible with God’s help. Mother Theodore did not have much to say about faith but her faith showed in her actions. When she arrived in the wilderness of Indiana in 1840 there was little more than a dense forest. However, within one year of her arrival at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, she started a school for girls. This is just one example of many accomplishments because of her great faith in God and God’s work through her.


If you have never been to the home of the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, ask your parents if you could visit. There are many things to see at the Woods. It all began because of the faith of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.

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Sister Mary Beth Klingel

Sister Mary Beth is currently ministering as the Guest Services Coordinator in Woodhaven, a Retreat and Guest House. In addition to many liturgical involvements, she also is a volunteer visitor in Providence Health Care. Previously she served for 10 years on the SP leadership team general officer on the leadership team of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She has previously served as an elementary school teacher, pastoral minister and director of novices.

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