Journals and Letters final week: Celebrate Mother Theodore
With this week’s blog, we bid adieu, goodbye to our yearlong journey with Mother Theodore Guerin. By reading “Mother Theodore’s Journals and Letters,” we’ve come to know her in an intimate way. We’ve witnessed her fears, her tenderness, her determination, her grief, her annoyance, her practicality, her humor, her faith in God’s providence.
All of us who’ve read her “Journals and Letters” know that no one could be more surprised than herself to be celebrated as a Saint of God.
Her all for God and others
We, her faithful companions, are not at all surprised. Every page of her journals, every page of her letters reveals a woman who used all her energy, all her love and passion “to honor Divine Providence and to further God’s loving plans by devoting [herself] to works of love, mercy and justice in service among God’s people.” (The Constitutions of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana)
We, her faithful companions, find encouragement that one can be a saint while being annoyed with Sisters Basilde and Maria; be a saint while openly opposing a bishop; be a saint while deeply grieving a dear friend; be a saint while arguing with local bankers over monies rightfully hers; be a saint while giving practical advice like “I desire that you bring nothing with you but the things necessary for the journey and your flannels and stockings.”
Yes. One can be a saint by being 100% human and by 100% entrusting one’s self to God’s care.
Sister Mary Joseph wrote these words in a letter to friends in France telling them of Mother Theodore’s death: A willing exile from her beautiful country, full of zeal for the salvation of her fellow-beings, the charms of her mind drew them to her, while the goodness of her heart attached them to her; the rectitude of her judgment, the power of her words finished the conquest, no one left her without praising her and feeling grateful to her.
Celebrate her feast day! Happy feast!