Journals and Letters week 27: Dawn of a new era
In these letters we read Mother Theodore’s first-hand account of all the changes that happened toward the end of Bishop de la Hailandière’s tenure as Bishop of Vincennes. There were a few things that really struck me as I read this section.
Reading how all the people in Mother Theodore’s circle also struggled as they tried to establish their missions and Mother Theodore’s genuine care and concern despite her own problems was really touching. She even had kinds words about her nemesis Bishop de la Hailandière and apparently harbored no ill will toward him.
Leaning on Providence
I also loved the way Mother Theodore relied on Providence. Throughout the reading, whenever she felt uncertainty, she always made her way back to her deep faith and trust in God. She often encouraged others to do the same. In her letter to Sister Mary Xavier she wrote, “Do not be discouraged about the school. God will help you.” (p. 248)
Way with words
I am so glad Mother Theodore was a writer. And often it’s not always what she says but how she says it that endears her to me. You can see her humor and intelligence as well as her amazing ability to reach people where they are. It truly is her gift. I love what she writes in her letter to Reverend A. Martin. “In learning of our late trials and the manner in which Our Lord has extricated us, you must have said: There is a Providence and the Sisters of Saint Mary’s are truly Its daughters.” It was such a creative way to give a compliment. She is truly a fine wordsmith.
What have been some of your favorite passages in Journals and Letters?
If Mother Theodore were here today, in what profession could you see her?