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“May we all be saints!” An unpublished letter from Mother Theodore

saints-webThis next previously unpublished letter from Saint Mother Theodore was written to Sister Mary Xavier. Sister Mary Xavier was one of the original sisters who accompanied Mother Theodore from France to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

If you have read “Journals and Letters” you may recognize her name, as Saint Mother Theodore wrote many letters of advice to the young sister as she was out on mission. Like the last note, this letter was written just months before Mother Theodore’s death.

Advising, encouraging, offering guidance and looking toward the future. I love how much of Saint Mother Theodore’s advice remains timeless.

To SM Xavier

Dec. 30, 1855


My dear Sister,

I thank you for your good wishes; you already have mine and you know that they are not inferior to yours. May we all be Saints! We shall be if we make good use of the time that remains for us to gain Heaven. Perhaps it is very short for some of us; but it will be long enough if it causes us to merit a happy Eternity. Let us profit well by it, my dear child. Oh! how happy we shall be in Heaven on beholding the sacrifices which will have won for us such bliss!

Ask this for

Your devoted

Sister St. Theodore

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Amy Miranda

Amy Miranda is a Providence Associate of the Sisters of Providence and a staff member in their Mission Advancement office. Amy is a 1998 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She currently manages the SP publication HOPE and works on marketing support for Providence Associates, new membership and Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.

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1 Comment

  1. Editha Ben on June 7, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks, Amy!

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