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[Your charity], it was life a…

[Your charity], it was life a gift from heaven, and is a new proof of the tender watchfulness of that divine Providence, of which we are in truth doubly the children.

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Humble yourself – that is very…

Humble yourself – that is very good – but do not yield to discouragement.

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It will be good to die…

It will be good to die like Sister did, but for that we have to live as she did. She did not think even once that she had to be judged … she ran toward Jesus with the greatest love but without a particle of fear.

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On the Feast of All Saints,…

On the Feast of All Saints, raise up your heart to God and ask [God] to obtain for you a place among the blessed in heaven. How happy we shall be there!

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A long time after the sun…

A long time after the sun had disappeared the moon succeeded it, and it knew a more somber clarity; we were still there to admire the Works of Creation and to make the most serious reflections on what we beheld and on our present position.

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A good spirit reigns in our…

A good spirit reigns in our house…

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Our dear Lord has preserved us,…

Our dear Lord has preserved us, and at this moment, eleven o’clock in the morning, everything leads us to hope that the worst is over.

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Very great hopes are founded upon…

Very great hopes are founded upon this house.

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Pray, pray very much so the…

Pray, pray very much so the good God will show you what [God] wishes you to do.

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Really, I am humiliated in seeing…

Really, I am humiliated in seeing Sister St. Francis run in the way of perfection while I just drag along.

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The weather was magnificent. It seemed…

The weather was magnificent. It seemed that heaven united with earth to add beauty to the feast. Never had I seen our solitude so charming.

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Daughters of four different nations [are]…

Daughters of four different nations [are] assembled here in a little chapel under the protection of the Lord in the heart of the dense woods, having nothing in the world but [God] for support and for protection.

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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.