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Journals and Letters week 37: Good for nothing but to love God

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | June 19, 2021 |

We get only a few glimpses of Sister St. Francis Xavier in what we’ve read. But they hint at her character and her friendship with Mother Theodore.

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Journals and Letters week 36: Advice to those in charge

By Sister Ann Casper | June 12, 2021 |

Mother Theodore invites them to consider, “might you be the cause of another’s fault? Are you wanting in foresight or wisdom, gentleness or charity?” And so often, isn’t it true, that we ourselves can be our own worst enemy?

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Journals and Letters week 35: Letter of instruction, letter of prayer

By Linda McMahon | June 5, 2021 |

Mother Theodore’s letter to Bishop Bouvier struck me as a type of prayer. It included praise of Providence, thanksgiving for favors received, petitions of need and a prayer of lamentation. She acknowledges those whose spirituality and actions were Providence for the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods community.

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Journals and Letters week 34: Loving the ‘Right Way’

By Jeannie Smith | May 29, 2021 |

Here “loving the right way” offers sympathy, speaks of affection and admiration for Mme’s daughter, and ends by offering both a smile (even a laugh) and assurance of prayers.

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Journals and Letters week 33: Reasons Mother Theodore may have felt overwhelmed and crabby

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | May 22, 2021 |

Sister Denise Wilkinson, SP, lists the top reasons why she believes Mother Theodore might have been feeling overwhelmed and a bit crabby.

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Journals and Letters week 32: Death, taxes and inconsiderate ladies

By Mary Riley | May 15, 2021 |

Things seem to have settled down a bit for Mother Theodore. Now she must deal with the ordinary frustrations of daily life.

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Journals and Letters week 31: Do good to all for the love of God

By Amy Miranda | May 8, 2021 |

In caring for the sick Mother Theodore and her sisters were not deterred by differences in creed or heritage or race.

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Journals and Letters week 30: No one will ever love you as your old Mother Theodore does

By Mary Riley | May 1, 2021 |

Parenthood is one of the most beautiful yet often heartbreaking jobs on the planet. And regardless of the fact that these were not her biological children, Mother Theodore experienced both the joy and pain that all mothers and parents feel.

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Journals and Letters week 29: Letters to a beloved companion

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | April 24, 2021 |

Judging from her letters to Sister Basilide, Mother Theodore had a special love for “this good and dear” sister. That love demonstrated itself in Mother Theodore’s words of caution, gentle criticism and frank admonishments — always accompanied by words of affection and encouragement.

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Journals and Letters week 28: Death of the bishop

By Amy Miranda | April 17, 2021 |

So impressed with the holiness of the bishop’s death, she reminds the sisters, “Especially let us never forget that if we wish to die like the Saints, we must live like them.”

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Journals and Letters week 27: Dawn of a new era

By Mary Riley | April 10, 2021 |

In these letters we read Mother Theodore’s first-hand account of all the changes that happened toward the end of Bishop de la Hailandière’s tenure as Bishop of Vincennes.

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Journals and Letters week 26: Overcoming great loss

By Jeannie Smith | April 3, 2021 |

Today we are discussing “Journals and Letters” page 236 to page 244. In this chapter we’ve regressed to some months before the striking crisis at the residence of Bishop de la Hailandière when Mother Theodore was released from her vows, sent away from the diocese and forbidden contact with her Sisters – that all happened in May of 1847.

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Join us from October 2020 until October 2021 in reading and discussing a section of the “Journals and Letters” of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin each week. (You can find the book here and buy the digital download here.) All the entries thus far are at left. Join in reading with us at any time. We welcome you to join the discussion in the comments. Happy reading!

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Journals and Letters Reading Schedule

 

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