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Journals and Letters week 31: Do good to all for the love of God

An actual handwritten letter Mother Theodore wrote advising on the epidemic

[Today we are discussing “Journals and Letters” page 280 to 290. Join us in reading a portion of Saint Mother Theodore’s writings every week in the coming year.]

Such a timely entry! Mother Theodore writes and instructs the sisters on dealing with an epidemic in her day. And here we are dealing with a pandemic in our own.

I also just helped edit and post Sister Janet Gilligan of the Sisters of Providence Archives Department’s HOPE article regarding these very letters. You can find her take on Saint Mother Theodore’s advice in the face of epidemic here.

As a mother myself, I identify with Mother Theodore’s needing constant information on the wellbeing of her “children.” These days we can call or text our children instantly to know that they are safe. I can imagine how nerve-wracking the not knowing for days or weeks at a time was for her in the face of this danger. I feel where Mother Theodore is when she asks the sisters on mission to keep her updated on “everything.”

Caring for all

A Providence Associate spends quiet time reflecting having come home to the Woods. How do you “enjoy yourself in the Lord?”

Mother Theodore’s advice: “Without distinction of persons, do good to all for the love of God” touches me. In caring for the sick Mother Theodore and her sisters were not deterred by differences in creed or heritage or race. I see the Sisters of Providence carrying on that openness to loving care for everybody to this day. That is so refreshing to me. I notice some churches and religious people only serving their own little community. They leave out those they see as sinners (unless of course they think they have a chance of converting them). Even today, people don’t all have to be from the same cookie cutter mold in order to be served by the Sisters of Providence.

I also enjoy Mother Theodore’s advice in calling the sisters home for retreat. She says, “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 and prepare for what the future has in store for you.” A good reminder to all of us to take needed breaks — whether they be retreats or vacations — to refresh and rest “in the Lord.”

A wise and caring woman indeed was our Mother Theodore.

Your turn!

What advice would you offer a loved one after having lived through the pandemic of the past year?

What is your favorite way to “enjoy yourself a little in the Lord?”

Next week > page 290 bottom to page 299 bottom

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Amy Miranda

Amy Miranda

Amy Miranda is a Providence Associate of the Sisters of Providence and a staff member in their Advancement Services 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. Avatar Connie Kramer SO on May 8, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Loved your reflections Amy! Happy Mother’s Day to you and thanks for your tender care of the Providence Community in your words and in your deeds.

  2. Avatar Linda McMahon on May 10, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    Amy, in response to your question about the advice I would offer a loved one after having lived through the pandemic of the past year, I think having him/her follow our Mother Theodore’s example would be the best gift. She was honest in her concerns and worries and she shared them with her Sisters. Her practical guidance, her well-intended admonishments, her deep prayer and her sincere love for them are evident in her letters. And, her letters confirm our human need to reach out and communicate our love and care, especially in times of uncertainty.

  3. Avatar S. Denise Wilkinson on May 12, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    I appreciate when you identify with the mother part of Mother Theodore. Your reflections (almost as from one mother to an other mother) makes me see MTG in a new light. “Mother” isn’t just an honorific title but a quality of being. Thanks.

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