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Be merry: Christmas reflection 2010

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | December 21, 2010 |

I have a fondness for the word “merry.” For years, my Christmas card complementary closing has been “Be merry!” What am I encouraging with this sign-off? “Merry” is defined as:…

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The Days of Our Waiting – Advent 2010

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 30, 2010 |

I find myself very taken with these ideas taken from Judy Cannato’s lovely book Field of Compassion: One way to speak of the Christian story is to say that God…

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Saying thank you: Thanksgiving 2010

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 24, 2010 |

How many times have we witnessed (or participated in) this scenario? An adult hands something to a small child and a parent says to the little one, “What do you…

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Day of the Dead — All Souls Day

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 3, 2010 |

My least favorite explanation for anything is that’s just the way it is. I can instantly feel the resistance rise up inside me. Reflection over the years has brought me…

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Foundation Day – Oct. 22, 2010

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 22, 2010 |

Happy Foundation Day! Happy 170th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College! In the name of the Sisters of Providence and our Providence…

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Autumnal equinox

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 14, 2010 |

I find myself squarely in the “beware of getting what you ask for” dilemma. Some weeks ago, I asked our Marketing and Communication Director, Diane Weidenbenner, for some writing assignments…

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Feast Day 2010

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 4, 2010 |

Happy Feast! What a wonderful community gathered to celebrate the life of Saint Mother Theodore, our foundress and our model of humanness and holiness. This is the fourth time I’ve…

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Shouldn’t all sisters wear habits?

By Sister Bernice Kuper | September 26, 2010 |

This article is reprinted from the fall 2010 issue of HOPE. We can guess that some long-time Catholics, feeling great fondness in their hearts for the women religious who have…

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Gratitude – Thanksgiving 2009

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 24, 2009 |

It’s a rare thanksgiving season that I don’t hear my grandma’s oft-repeated admonition to us for any breach of good behavior. “Don’t be such an ingrate.” My mother’s corrections were…

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We hear from where we stand – Foundation Day 2009

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 22, 2009 |

Happy Foundation Day! There’s a saying, “We see from where we stand.” As I was reflecting on these readings, I started to think it’s as true to say, “We hear…

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How to become a saint – Saint Mother Theodore Guerin’s Feast Day 2009

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 5, 2009 |

Many of us here remember the safe landing of US Airways Flight # 1549 into the Hudson River this past January. A total of 155 persons aboard — no lives…

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The new cosmology: an evolving universe

By Sister Jeanne Knoerle | August 27, 2009 |

This article is reprinted from the fall 2009 issue of HOPE. How do you picture God? Pray to God? Understand God? Most of us move from childhood to adulthood thinking…

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