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Journals and Letters week 32: Death, taxes and inconsiderate ladies

Things seem to have settled down a bit for Mother Theodore. Now she must deal with the ordinary frustrations of daily life.

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Virtual opportunities a silver lining to a pandemic

Virtual programming and livestream are here to stay. This will just be another way we can continue to connect with people and take our mission into the world.

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Journals and Letters week 30: No one will ever love you as your old Mother Theodore does

Parenthood is one of the most beautiful yet often heartbreaking jobs on the planet. And regardless of the fact that these were not her biological children, Mother Theodore experienced both the joy and pain that all mothers and parents feel.

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Grow your own plants from seeds

Growing your own plants from seed is an economical way to grow a large number of plants. There are so many varieties to choose from–way more than you can find in nurseries and garden centers. You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to get started, in fact, you can raid your recycle pile!

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Mason jar soil test

Plants need sun, water and healthy soil to grow. You can’t control the sun and nature and where you live will heavily influence your water. But you can have a beneficial impact on your soil if you know what it needs. Learn how to easily take a mason jar soil sample in your backyard. Check…

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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.

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Earth Day should be every day

It can seem a bit daunting but there is still a path for us all to work together to heal our planet

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Journals and Letters week 23: Clash of the bishop and the saint

Things come to a head with the bishop and Mother Theodore. See how Providence prevails in this most dramatic passage.

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Journals and Letters week 19: Back home in Indiana

Mother Theodore finally arrives at her beloved Saint Mary-of-the-Woods after being separated for nearly a year.

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Journals and Letters week 15: Stuck in New Orleans

From her sickbed Mother Theodore still had to keep watch over what was going on back at the Woods. While she was away Bishop de la Hailandière had created havoc for the community, demanding that he be obeyed despite legitimate objections to his requests.

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Journals and Letters week 11: Early letters part deux

Did you know that Saint Mother Theordore Guerin wrote over 5,000 letters in her lifetime?

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Journals and Letters week 7: Hardship on the Ohio

As they get closer to Indiana, Mother Theodore and her companions experience some lows and highs traveling down the Ohio River.

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Mary Riley is the marketing manager for some ministries of the Sisters of Providence including White Violet Center for Eco-Justice and the Volunteer Services.