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Saint Mother Theodore Guerin moment: a mother’s letter to new postulants

“Long ago we offered prayers for you, for your generous mother. When you write to her tell her that I shall try to be a mother to you, that I love you already as my beloved child, and that all the Sisters are anxiously waiting to have you among them,” writes Saint Mother Theodore to soon-to-arrive postulants.

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Talk about money

But again I must talk about money. When will the day come that we shall be able to be occupied only with God?

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Language of the heart

I can express it only to God, Who understands the language of the heart.

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God’s Holy Will

Let us adore the designs of this good Master and be resigned to His Holy Will.

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Be humble …

Pray, be humble, be charitable, and God’s blessing will be with you.

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Guard every word …

Carefully guard every word; watch over yourselves that nothing imprudent may escape you and thus give the ill-disposed a reason for their complaints.

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Showing what you can do

There is no way of repairing what you have done but by showing … what you can do.

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That [melancholy] is a bad disease….

That [melancholy] is a bad disease. One has to bear with such persons and suffer; but they themselves more than anyone else.

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I feel as stupid as a…

I feel as stupid as a turkey.

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It is very true that our…

It is very true that our whole life is one of sacrifice. Who could doubt this?

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Sister St. Francis is resuscitated enough…

Sister St. Francis is resuscitated enough to preach for the jubilee. To see if she is dead, we shall have to take a little, or even a big boy to her room and ask her about preparing him for Baptism or for Confession. If she opens neither her eyes nor her mouth, we may have the funeral in all safety.

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Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 1840. She was born in France in 1798 and died in the United States in 1856, having lived the last 16 years of her life as a missionary teacher and healer in the Indiana wilderness. A strong leader and an even stronger woman of faith, Saint Mother Theodore and her many words of wisdom shared in her journals and letters continue to inspire people of today.