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Saint Mother Theodore Guerin quotations on mercy


Quotations from the writings of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin regarding mercy:

“When you have committed a fault, disavow it before God; ask [God’s] pardon, promise to do better in the future. Make a good act of love, and after that, go your way as though nothing had happened.”

“But if it is necessary to be just, it is necessary above all to be kind…”

“Treat yourself as you treat others, with kindness and indulgence.”

“However good and holy your occupations may be, they leave distraction and fatigue. Come then, dear daughters, to enjoy yourselves a little in the Lord…”

“You ought to take a reasonable care of yourselves, so as to preserve a life which is entirely devoted to God and to the souls [God] loves so much.”

“Indeed it is very difficult, and it requires an uncommon virtue, not to make others suffer when we suffer. Bear with the defects of other. Endeavor not to cause others to suffer and you yourself try to endure the little annoyances which are unavoidable in the necessary relations with others.”

“… be assured that in leaving the past to the mercy of God and the future to (God’s) Providence you will derive from your offering very great peace and very great consolation.”

(Originally published in the Spring 2016 issue of HOPE magazine.)

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Sister Ellen Cunningham

Sister Ellen Cunningham

Sister Ellen Cunningham has been a Sister of Providence since 1959. She has ministered as a high school teacher in English, French, chemistry and religion. For 38 years she ministered at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) teaching mathematics, which included 12 years as a department chair. Since her retirement in 2012, Sister Ellen has volunteered at SMWC in the alumni relations office.

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