Reflections from Sister Denise
Sister Denise Wilkinson was the general superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, from 2006 to 2016. As a gifted writer and speaker, she is often called upon to share her reflections. These are some of her writings.
” I loved being the very place where Mother Theodore worshiped in her years of living in La Providence. To sit in this very simple chapel for hours refreshed and renewed me. There I experienced in a unique way the presence of Mother Theodore,” writes Sister Denise Wilkinson.
Something spiritual is all around us.
If one lives in Indiana and in many places in the northern hemisphere, everything about autumn can be spiritual – spiritual in the sense of the possibilities presented to pull us into someone greater than ourselves, some mystery beautiful, intricate and inspiring.
I am getting to know each sister by paying attention to her expressions, her voice, her walk, her greeting of others. I notice her desire to communicate with me and her frustration at not knowing English.
Most of all I notice smiles. I didn’t expect smiles as comfort, joy, wordless compassion. Right now that’s what they are for me and I hope for the sisters I encounter.
Sister Joni Luna professes her first vows as a Sister of Providence on June 26, 2016, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.
Sister Denise reflects on three Sisters of Providence celebrating 50 years with the Congregation and one sisters celebrating 25 years as a sister. “All four of you answer the call of Jesus to reach out, to touch those longing for a deeper friendship with the Holy One. You touch those who mourn and those meek persons hungering for what rightfully is theirs though they are pushed to the sidelines by would-be leaders.”
“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.
‘Staying positive. Pray for me.’
I wish you well in celebrating Lent in whatever way makes sense to you as a child of a loving God.
Happy New Year and a blessed 2016! Have you made your New Year’s resolution(s) yet? Do you ever? I never do and probably never will. Maybe because in our Catholic tradition there are so many new seasons – Ordinary time to Advent to Christmas to Lent to Easter and back to Ordinary time. Each new Continue Reading »
Then I came upon a news story titled “Good Samaritan Rescues Mom at Airport.” This news story led me to the movie It’s A Wonderful Life featuring the angel Clarence Odbody. Those of us old enough to remember this film gained valuable life lessons by watching George Bailey struggling with doubt because of his lack of success in life.
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The Sisters of Providence and our Providence Associates have a natural affinity for The Holy Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. This Holy Year begins December 8, 2015 and ends November 20, 2016. Pope Francis states in his proclamation instituting this Holy Year: “I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this Continue Reading »