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Reflections from Sister Denise

Celebrate the Light in our lives, amidst the world’s darkness, this season

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | December 22, 2014 |

I think I was in graduate school when I learned the phrase “cognitive dissonance.” Definition? Psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously. What in heaven’s sake brings…

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“To be present to all that happens …” – Sister Denise reflects on Advent

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 29, 2014 |

Sister Denise Wilkinson, general superior, encourages us to “be in the present” this Advent season – to be like Mary.

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Stitching a thanksgiving “quilt of words” together

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 23, 2014 |

Sister Denise Wilkinson’s Thanksgiving Day reflection for 2014 weaves a quite of words together to encourage us.

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Providence Associate commitment liturgy reflection

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 8, 2014 |

“Here’s the thing, Hon.” Like most mysteries, like most authentic relationships, it’s not easy to describe or explain how deep and strong is the connection between, among those who share the charism of Providence.

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Foundation Day 2014 reflection

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 23, 2014 |

First, we stand on the shoulders of six remarkable women. Let’s learn all six of their names and imitate their willingness to venture into the unknown, to leave the familiar in order to bring God’s providential compassion to all corners of our globe, our cosmos.

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Saint Mother Theodore’s Feast Day Reflection

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 6, 2014 |

Happy Feast Day (Friday, Oct. 3, 2014)! How wonderful to be together to celebrate Saint Mother Theodore’s Feast Day! Today we have the privilege, the honor, of moving the remains…

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Mother’s Day reflection: God’s grace and love help mothers “do it”

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | May 9, 2014 |

Sister Denise Wilkinson, general superior of the Sisters of Providence, encourages mothers and the important job of raising children. She references Our Lady of Providence and the relocation of her national shrine in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, as a source of strength and hope.

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Easter reminds us that death is not the end

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | April 16, 2014 |

Sister Denise Wilkinson shares a recent experience that she had in Taiwan, related to Good Friday and Easter.

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A positive way to approach Lent

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | March 4, 2014 |

A quote from Ilia Delio, OSF, a contemporary theologian, both challenges and stirs a sense of excitement within Sister Denise Wilkinson, general superior, as she begins to prepare for Lent and the practices of prayer and action that would help me choose “in love and for love” for the good of the whole. She shares her reflection with us just in time for Ash Wednesday.

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A Valentine’s Day reflection for 2014

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | February 13, 2014 |

Sister Denise Wilkinson, general superior, asks us “how are our hearts physically and/or metaphorically,” this Valentine’s Day? How will we answer?

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Providence Associates’ Commitment and Renewal Liturgy reflection

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 11, 2013 |

We know the love Jesus has for us is marked by compassion, inclusiveness, healing actions and often seemingly impossible challenges – like turning the other check, walking the extra mile, laying down one’s life not just for friends but for those we call our enemies. That’s how we are to love one another.

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Saint Mother Theodore’s feast day

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 3, 2013 |

Happy Feast Day! How wonderful to celebrate once again and with one another our very own saint! We here at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods are so fortunate to walk where she walked,…

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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.

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