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One step at a time: Sister Dina on upcoming vows

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 4:11 am by

“From searching for my life’s purpose to finding passion and love. I know I could not have planned my life any better. I am reminded regularly to be open and teachable no matter who my teachers are. That every journey starts and continues, one step at a time. And that everything is gift.”
Sister Dina reflects on professing perpetual vows as a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Continue reading

What does Mother Theodore have to say about …

Posted on June 9, 2017 at 4:54 am by

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a searchable database with all of our favorite quotations from Saint Mother Theodore Guerin? Well now there is!
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Go out and make a difference

Posted on June 8, 2017 at 5:10 am by

Recently I had an opportunity to welcome the newest interns at White Violet Center of Eco-Justice – Elaine, Rebecca, and Alexis. I was taken aback by their many questions about religious life. “Why did you decide to be a sister?” one asked.  Continue Reading »

Holy and profane

Posted on May 31, 2017 at 4:51 am by

It’s not often that I spend time with my extended family in public. Sometimes, these interactions remind me how differently much of the world views Catholic sisters compared to my experience.
This weekend, I went to my cousin’s high school graduation party. Partway through the party, one of my uncles started asking me to bless him. Another made a comment about spending time with me to become holy by association. Continue reading

The gift of Earth: a prayer moment

Posted on May 28, 2017 at 4:35 am by

Challenges for the week to tend to the gift of Earth:
• Spend time in nature;
• Look out for life, human and other, in your little patch of the world;
• Live compassionately toward all God’s creatures; Continue reading

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

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