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A Valentine’s Day reflection for 2014

The world in loveI woke up thinking about hearts.

Physical hearts — healthy ones, not-so-healthy ones; baby hearts, grown-up hearts; gifted, transplanted hearts; hearts stopping suddenly or over years and years of time.

Metaphoric hearts — source of our emotions — happy, sad; wounded, broken, mending, healed; sturdy, fragile; confident, wary; optimistic, fretful; carefree, burdened; passionate, indifferent. The list could on and on, couldn’t it?

How’s your heart — physically and/or metaphorically? Are you inclined to prayer of praise and/or petition when you think of your heart’s condition? Perhaps you will take some time to pray however your heart moves you today.

How would you describe our collective heart — the collective heart of Earth’s people — all 7 billion-plus of us? Again, are you inclined to prayer of praise and/or petition as you ponder this? Perhaps you will pray what moves within you as you move through this day celebrating hearts, love.

I would like to join my prayer with yours today. Let’s pray with and for the heart of each person of Earth; let us pray with and for the heart of Earth, our dear planet.

Let us bless Providence every time we see a red, pink or multicolored paper heart today — or candy heart!

Let us praise Providence for all those in our lives about whom we can say this: For true hearts there is no separating ocean; or rather, God is their ocean, in whom they meet and are united. They love; they lose themselves in him (Saint Mother Theodore Guerin).

Happy Valentine’s Day! Know you are held in the prayer of all the Sisters of Providence.

Sister Denise Wilkinson

General Superior

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Sister Denise Wilkinson

Sister Denise Wilkinson

Sister Denise was the general superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods from 2006-2016. She previously served as a high school teacher, college administrator, postulant/novice director and director of advancement and communications for the Congregation. Currently, Sister Denise serves the Congregation in various volunteer positions.

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  1. Avatar Nancy VanUum lLangworthy on February 15, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Sr. Denise,
    Thank you for this beautiful reflection! I needed this today!
    So appreciate your thoughts ; as I seem to still feel the loss of love in a marriage that happened too many years ago and ,all the while, still sincerely expressing love to family , friends and those who need to hear love , I feel so drained !!
    I am going to print your words here today and keep it to remind me of a healthier way to deal with Valentines every day !
    Warmly. I send you my prayers for you and all your Sisters of Providence !
    Please take care.

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