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From yellow star to morning star: following the light of Christ amid darkness

Posted on February 16, 2017

We have to be brave and we have to be vigilant, and shine this Christ-light into the darkness and share our hope with each other and all who fear or despair. So let us speak, or write, or pray, or feed, or heal, or teach, or visit, or protest, or protect, or report, or show up, or stand up, or stand with, or go to jail, or sing, or serve, or help, or love on, or walk alongside. Continue reading

Hospitality: making it real

Posted on February 8, 2017 at 4:16 am by

Call it another world, call it heaven, call it cosmic beyond-ness; maybe it’s that for which I’m pining. Truly no place on Earth could satiate this longing. But here’s the crux – I believe that, through acts of hospitality, we actually co-create moments of heaven on Earth by way of intimate connection with others. To me, the practice of hospitality is sharing space and consciousness with friends and strangers. There I can land and experience my truest Self through right relationship, and, in those moments, I feel completely at home in the universe. Continue reading

Miracle Place: a beacon for the neighborhood

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 9:39 am by

According to the two sisters, “the mission of Miracle Place is to offer hospitality, care, and concern. It is a place of spiritual refreshment where all who come may find refuge. Where all who are severely tried may be comforted. Where all who are lonely may find companionship. And where those without hope may find a renewed spirit.” Continue reading

Photos! 30 new Providence Associates make commitments

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 4:52 am by

Thirty women and men made first commitments as Providence Associates in a ceremony last Saturday. They committed themselves to sharing in the mission of the Sisters of Providence by being God’s loving Providence to a world in need. Enjoy these photos from the Nov. 12, 2016, ceremony. And welcome to our newest Providence Associates! Continue reading

Being Providence in a world in need: Sister Dawn’s reflection to new Providence Associates

Posted on November 15, 2016 at 4:26 am by

You belong to this community in a special way. And we belong to each other. Together we belong to Providence. Together we are called to be Providence. The world needs us for this. And certainly, in light of all that has happened this week and in the weeks leading up to our national election as well as what may be required of us as a result of this election—our country needs us for this. Continue reading

A Providence Associate’s look at Chapter

Posted on October 3, 2016 at 11:00 am by

“Something I often say about my relationship with the Sisters of Providence is that I cannot stray too far from who I am when I am with them. They keep me grounded, keep me real. The conversations at Chapter, both about the future and the past, were not only relevant to the identity of the Congregation. They spoke to who each of the attendees were as individuals as well as to who we are all together as community,” writes Providence Associate Kaitlyn Willy. Continue reading

Life lessons from the Sisters of Providence

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 4:35 am by

There was one constant during all those years — Sister Rita. I never lost touch with her and even managed to see her throughout the years. At a minimum, we would talk on the phone and catch up on each other’s lives. Every time I got off the phone with Sister Rita or visited with her, it would bring me back to Providence and those lessons learned at the Woods. Continue reading

Providence Associate connects to the Woods

Posted on June 18, 2016 at 4:13 am by

I intend to stay a Providence Associate for as long as I can, in the hopes that someone somewhere will think of the Sisters of Providence when they think of me. And also, in the hopes that maybe I can influence one person to love and listen unconditionally. Because we are indeed only human and all with a story to tell. Continue reading

Video blog: What is a Providence Associate?

Posted on April 18, 2016 at 4:02 am by

“It’s a rewarding walk; a deeper inner journey.” Continue reading

Reaching out as mercy

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 6:00 am by

“As Pope Francis has spoken so many times, at least the way that I understand it, mercy is shown by reaching out to people where they are and not waiting for them to come to you. So in a way, it is to be alert to the needs of someone. The need to be loved, to be accepted, to be important. I think Pope Francis’ approach to a year of mercy has again called people to be more aware, more alert, to that,” said Providence Associate Daniel Hopcus, the priest chaplain at Saint Mary-0f-the-Woods. Continue reading

Invitation to a personal reflection on mercy

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 6:00 am by

Go to your preferred place of prayer. Spend some quiet time with the questions below. Let yourself relax. Know that God’s Spirit of love and mercy holds you close in this moment. Continue reading

Awakening and discovering at the Providence Associates retreat

Posted on April 12, 2016 at 4:15 am by

Awakening includes removing our makeup (I hope I don’t have to take that literally since I only use a little!), taking off our shoes (recognizing we stand on holy ground), and growing up (being honest with ourselves and others about how things are so we can move on). It also includes gratitude, an attitude that serves as “a portal for the Divine.” Providence Associate Sabrina Falls shares some of her experience at the Providence Associate spring retreat. Continue reading

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