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Forgiveness and reconciliation

By Sisters of Providence | April 20, 2009 |

A reflection by Sister Ruth Eileen Dwyer As we go through the day with its news of events in which one person or group has deliberately threatened, endangered, offended or injured another, we respond in different ways. Often the response may be anger at an insulting remark, horror at the destruction terrorist attacks bring upon…

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Caring for God’s gifts: the natural environment and faith

By Sisters of Providence | April 20, 2009 |

By Sister Ruth Eileen Dwyer From the very beginning humans have had a mutual relationship with the natural world that satisfied their needs and with the Creator as Source and Giver of life. Perhaps the most ancient of the names people gave to the most observable and basic gifts of nature were the four elements…

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Thoughts on Resurrection

By Sisters of Providence | April 20, 2009 |

By Sister Ruth Eileen Dwyer Something about April and Resurrection belong together! We encounter new life bursting into being more visibly every day: the slow but steady increase of sunlight each morning and evening; the sowing of new seed; the watch for the first forsythia or daffodil; the bursts of bird calls seeking mates —…

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Easter Transformation in the Christian Life

By Sisters of Providence | April 20, 2009 |

A reflection by Sister Ruth Eileen Dwyer As the natural world begins to show the first signs of transformation to new life in spring beauty, the followers of Jesus celebrate another transforming event in human history. We move through Lent to the days of Holy Week with their powerful accounts of the life, suffering, death…

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The legacy of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

By Sisters of Providence | March 19, 2009 |

By Sister Marie Kevin Tighe, formerly of the Office of the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin The legacy of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin is not a material or monetary one. It is a spiritual gift bestowed upon her by the Holy Spirit. This kind of legacy is sometimes referred to as a charism, a…

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Honor Divine Providence

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | January 26, 2009 |

This article is reprinted from the winter 2009 issue of HOPE. Of the many gifts membership in the Congregation bestows on us, a commitment to life-long learning is among the most valuable. This commitment extends not only to professional education aiding us in our ministerial lives but also to on-going education in theology and spirituality.…

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Happy Feast Day: Oct. 3, 2008

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 3, 2008 |

Happy Feast Day! We are blessed to celebrate together this feast of Saint Mother Theodore for the second time since her canonization. What a wonderful day for all Sisters of Providence to remember in grateful prayer each Sister of Providence — past, present and future; each Providence Associate and associate candidate; all Providence Volunteer Ministers…

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Care of Earth: an ascetical practice for our times?

By Sister Bernice Kuper | September 26, 2008 |

This article is reprinted from the fall 2008 issue of HOPE. The dictionary tells us that our English word asceticism is derived from an ancient Greek noun meaning “an exercise, a practice or a training program which is entered into with the purpose of arriving at a goal worth striving for.” Originally the word applied…

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Still rooted in Christ’s love

By Sister Jeanne Knoerle | May 26, 2008 |

This article is reprinted from the summer 2008 issue of HOPE. “I am concerned about who the Sisters of Providence are today. They don’t wear a habit. Most of them don’t teach in schools anymore. They are against the death penalty. They speak out on things that I think have nothing to do with religion.…

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Living a fruitful vowed life

By Sister Bernice Kuper | September 26, 2007 |

This article is reprinted from the fall 2007 issue of HOPE. Almighty and eternal God, wishing to consecrate myself to your service, under the special protection of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, of my full and deliberate will, I, Sister N.N., take the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience according to the Constitutions approved by the…

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Love, mercy, justice – In the footsteps of our foundress

By Sister Bernice Kuper | September 26, 2006 |

This article is reprinted from the fall 2006 issue of HOPE. As we prepare to celebrate the canonization of Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin Oct.15, the Sisters of Providence prayerfully ponder what it means today to walk faithfully in her footsteps. The world, our nation, the forest we have come to call “The Woods” are so…

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A remarkable woman

By Sisters of Providence | May 26, 2006 |

This article is reprinted from the summer 2006 issue of HOPE. Editor’s note: Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, postulator for the Cause for Sainthood of Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin, requested four articles about Blessed Mother Theodore for publication in the official newspaper of the Vatican, L’Osservatore Romano. Three articles address Mother Theodore’s charism, spirituality and missionary spirit.…

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