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Singing for the sisters

Posted on May 21, 2017 at 3:38 am by

The most touching duet was that of Rod and Sister Terese Marie Havlik, Rod’s 8th grade teacher, whom he hadn’t seen in almost 49 years. Sister Terese Marie knew every word, sang and moved gently to the music. Continue reading

Sister Catherine Celine Brocksmith: ‘Innate wisdom and good-natured prudence’

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 5:30 am by

‘Hundreds of sisters experienced her compassion and down to earth common sense.’ Continue reading

Saint Mother Theodore statue dedicated in Ruillé, France

Posted on May 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm by

Sunday was a joyous occasion for French and U.S. Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College staff and alums, and many others, when a bronze statue of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin was dedicated at the motherhouse of the Sisters of Providence  Continue Reading »

Dear Discerner: live the questions now

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 4:12 am by

In my discernment process, Sister Tracey Horan would refer me to the quote of poet Rainer Maria Rilke: “Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps, then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” Continue reading

Spring cleaning, spiritual cleaning

Posted on May 5, 2017 at 4:16 am by

The dawning of spring invites us to a spiritual cleaning, as well. Time to clear out and make space for a new way of being in the world. The choices are many:
• To be attentive or to be distracted
• To be blessing or to be blaming Continue reading

There are so many things to love!

Posted on April 29, 2017 at 4:52 am by

“It’s a deep, deep going inside yourself to find out who God is calling you to be.” Providence Associate Debbie Dillow tells what she loves about being a Providence Associate of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in this video. Continue reading

Where God walks: a poetic response to deeply spiritual places

Posted on April 22, 2017 at 4:07 am by

There are places God has glanced
with lightest touch of hand, some swept,
palm to earth, and some in which God’s hand
sinks into soil like a sculptor’s hand in clay, that shout … Continue reading

Earth Day: A Holy Day of Obligation

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 5:30 am by

Our fragile Earth IS HOLY Continue reading

You asked and we’re answering!

Posted on April 19, 2017 at 4:00 am by

‘Are you still a teaching order and where in the world do you go and what do you do there?’ Continue reading

What is to become of us?

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 4:16 am by

I was walking near the cemetery and lamenting the loss of the older mature trees that used to line the road. As I reflected on the loss of the trees, it struck me that the loss of the trees resembles in many ways the loss of our aging sisters. Continue reading

Reflecting on Easter: ‘The stone has been rolled away’

Posted on April 15, 2017 at 5:30 am by

Is there any greater joy than life overcoming death? Is there any greater longing than to find the stones of our lives rolled away? Continue reading

Language barriers, smiles and unexpected gifts: Sister Denise Wilkinson reflects from France

Posted on April 13, 2017 at 4:34 am by

I am getting to know each sister by paying attention to her expressions, her voice, her walk, her greeting of others. I notice her desire to communicate with me and her frustration at not knowing English.
Most of all I notice smiles. I didn’t expect smiles as comfort, joy, wordless compassion. Right now that’s what they are for me and I hope for the sisters I encounter. Continue reading

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