Journals and Letters week 11: Early letters part deux
Here’s my big confession: I am having a lot of trouble concentrating on this week’s reading assignment. I’ve read it, but I ‘m not really absorbing it enough to write something spectacular — not that my past writings were in any way spectacular mind you.
Reading the letters for me is much harder work than it was reading the journal entries. In this section alone, Mother Theodore writes seven letters. I did really enjoy her longer letter to the Bishop of Le Mans (p. 81-84). In it I really saw so many sides of her personality and also insight into the challenges she was facing. There was also a reference to a former novice who was stirring up trouble in the novitiate only to start a competing school in Terre Haute once she was gone. It almost sounds like something that would happen on a soap opera or reality televsion show. Wow!
So many letters
But back to me. I think my inability to focus this week is also partly due to the time of year. Christmas is next week after all! There’s so much going on at work and at home that I am finding myself struggling to pull something worthwhile together for you to read.
So how did she do it? How did Saint Mother Theodore manage to write no fewer than 5,000 letters? This is what I find myself contemplating most this week rather than the actual content of these letters.
Of course, I recognize that the quantity of communication was born out of necessity. There were few other ways to communicate in the mid-1800’s. Can you imagine what would if be like if Mother Theodore could have sent an email or a text message?
How difficult was it for you to switch from reading journal entries to Mother Theodore’s letters? What do you like about each style? Dislike?
Fun question to ponder – How do you think Mother Theodore would use our current technology to her advantage?
What about these letters stood out for you?
Next week > page 90 to page 102
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