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Journals and Letters week 26: Overcoming great loss

Today we are discussing “Journals and Letters” page 236 to page 244. In this chapter we’ve regressed to some months before the striking crisis at the residence of Bishop de la Hailandière when Mother Theodore was released from her vows, sent away from the diocese and forbidden contact with her Sisters – that all happened in May of 1847.

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Journals and Letters week 18: New Orleans to Indiana

Her statement at that time is one we must take to heart still today: “These Americans, so proud of their liberty, thus make game of the liberty of others.” No slave markets today, no. Yet that legacy is still so evident in the systemic racism that tells a lie about “liberty and justice for all.”

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Journey into Holy Mystery

This time of year our thoughts turn to a journey that ended and yet began in our beloved Woods so many years ago. We remember women of admirable courage: astonishing, really, what it must have taken for Mother Theodore and her companions to leave their well-loved land –for all they knew they would never see…

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Jeannie has been a Providence Associate since 2007. She lives in Solana Beach, California with her husband George Schneider. Jeannie is retired and volunteers teaching art with Alzheimer's patients, as a docent at Torrey Pines State Reserve, helps run an ESL program and helps deliver food to Catholic Charities distribution centers. She enjoys hiking, painting and reading.