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Topic: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
God of hope and possibilities,I am searching.
I have the energy and desire to work with others for the good of all others.
But how, when, where, with whom?
My mind is not empty, but crammed full,
like a dresser drawer full of old programs
and garments needing patches.
“I believe Mother Theodore’s treasures were these: steadfast belief in Providence; an enduring and practical love of people – especially her sisters; and a sense of this place, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, as the deep well from which she drank in the presence, strength, and elaborate beauty of God.”
“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.”
“It is astonishing that this remote solitude has been chosen for a novitiate and especially for an academy. All appearances are against it.”
“October 22! Fifteen years ago today we arrived in our forest. How many graces since then.”
“How truly is this part of the globe named the New World. Animals of every kind are the quiet possession of the woods; and here also are the hummingbird and a multitude of other birds.”
“Every evening at the same hour when the weather was calm, I went to go on deck and bless God for all the wonders of [God's] creation. I loved to consider the care of God's Providence which extends even to the little fishes.”
“The chapel is nicely ornamented...It is the prettiest little chapel I have seen anywhere since I left France. Though so beautiful, it is nevertheless very simple.”
“...I believe Our Lord loves and protects these dear children, who for [God's] love live here in the midst of the thick forest.”
“As to our garden and yard, we have all the woods. And the wilderness is our only cloister, for our house is like an oak tree planted therein.”
“We have gone out several times this summer to gather simples and linden blossoms, etc. In each excursion we discover something marvelous, beautiful, and useful in the magnificent forests of Indiana.”
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