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Theology: faith seeking connection

By Sisters of Providence | August 27, 2009 |

How do you picture God? Pray to God? Understand God? Throughout the centuries, theologians have tried to help us grasp the idea of God. As our knowledge of the world around us changes, so, then, does our way of thinking about God, the Creator. As part of a series of stories from the fall 2009…

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Missionary spirit of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

By Sister Nancy Nolan | May 5, 2009 |

Just as the little community was settling in, a devastating fire destroyed all of their provisions for the winter ahead. They lost 150 bushels of wheat and 150 bushels of oats, hay and corn shocks to feed the animals. The barn also contained bacon, suet and extra beds. It was once again a time of throwing themselves with complete abandon into the hands of Providence.

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The charism of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

By Sister Maureen Abbott | May 5, 2009 |

When asked to give her impressions of Mother Theodore, Susanna Alvey, who grew up as a neighbor in the then-thriving village of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, responded, “Her success was due more to prayer than to human efficiency, I think.” Through her work as innkeeper, Susanna was in a good position to note the outward signs of…

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The spirituality of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

By Sister Jeanne Knoerle | May 5, 2009 |

Spirituality, the fundamental, underlying way in which a person relates to God, to other people and to oneself, is not merely an attitude toward God, an acceptable way to worship God, or a certain set of beliefs about God. Spirituality certainly flows from these relationships, but it is much more fundamental than any of them.…

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Our special practices

By Sister Jeanne Knoerle | April 20, 2009 |

The Sisters of Providence have published a book about the fundamental practices that have shaped their lives and the life of the congregation since its beginning in France in 1806 and its establishment in Indiana in 1840. The book, Love, Mercy, Justice: A Book of Practices of the Sisters of Providence, published in January 2006,…

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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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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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“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

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