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Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

Providence Spirituality

“The God of Providence carries the entire mystery of the divine, ever trustworthy, never failing. The God of Providence offers all the possibilities for ourselves and the world, including both what God wants to happen and what God is willing to let happen because God honors the gift of human freedom. The choices are ours — truly free, but ever grounded in the grace of God, the Holy Mystery of Providence, about which there is ever more to be discovered.” – Sister Ruth Eileen Dwyer

I’ll meet you in the field: the spirituality of coming together

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 am by

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is
too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the
phrase each other doesn’t make any sense. — Rumi
Sister Ann Sullivan reflects on the spirituality of coming together across divides. Continue reading

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin: bearing the light still today

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

Saint Mother Theodore’s story is still very relevant today. She was an immigrant. She came to a foreign land where she didn’t know the language and where there was a lot of prejudice and bias toward Catholics and toward women. There are just so many parallels to what she faced and what she endured that are still around today. She’s a great model and mentor. Continue reading

Ministry of prayer and smiles offer light

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 9:35 am by

We Sisters of Providence rely on our “powerhouse of prayer” as some call our sisters who reside in our health care facilities. These sisters receive a “ministry assignment” each year to pray for particular intentions. These intentions may be as specific as an individual’s name or more general, such as “for all addicted to alcohol or drugs” or “for those affected by divorce.” Continue reading

Listening with the heart: Contemplative conversation

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

It may help to define “contemplation” as “a long loving look at the real.”
Who doesn’t ponder a problem or give deep thought to a decision, sometimes asking God’s guidance without even realizing it? Continue reading

Imperfect mercy

Posted on April 15, 2016 at 4:14 am by

I realized that in both stories, Jesus was open and vulnerable enough to allow others to call him to mercy. In the end, when it came to choosing mercy or sticking with his original plan, Jesus did not dig his heels in based on his own sense of the “right time” or the “right people.” Continue reading

Grieving gracefully into a future full of hope

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

Saint Mother Theodore once said, “Treat yourself as you treat others, with kindness and indulgence.” I firmly believe that, above all, to comfort oneself or another involves being gentle with oneself or another. It means allowing grief to be a teacher who reminds us that we are wired for resilience. We are meant to find meaning and purpose in life. Continue reading

Forgiveness and mercy

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

Forgiveness is a process, and a slow one at that. We cannot rush forgiveness. If we do it becomes insincere. It takes time, patience and mercy and it is never an easy journey to make. 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

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin quotations on mercy

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

“… Be assured that in leaving the past to the mercy of God and the future to (God’s) Providence, you will derive from your offering very great peace and very great consolation.” Continue reading

Dare to be merciful

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

“You persistently encourage us to build not destroy, … to have mercy towards the one we see as least deserving or the one who has hurt us deeply and to love, love, love and love more.” Sister Denise Wilkinson dares us to look more deeply at mercy in our lives. Continue reading

Transformed by these Woods

Posted on January 15, 2016 at 6:00 am by

“I don’t know what it is — there’s just something about the Woods.”
These are familiar sentiments for people who have lived or worked at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Most of us have heard these things. And most of us have said them ourselves. Sister Lisa Stallings reflects on the transforming power of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Continue reading

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