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Journals and Letters final week: Celebrate Mother Theodore

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 2, 2021 |

With this week’s blog, we bid adieu, goodbye to our yearlong journey with Mother Theodore Guerin. We learned so much on this journey.

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Journals and Letters week 51: Running toward Jesus

By Sister Ann Casper | September 25, 2021 |

“She heard her Jesus … calling her by name, and she ran towards Him with the greatest love and without a particle of fear.” What a beautiful image to hang on to as we reflect about the circumstances of our own death or that of a loved one!

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Journals and Letters week 50: Mother Theodore and Summit City

By Mary Riley | September 18, 2021 |

We see in this week’s reading the connection between Mother Theodore, Reverend Benoit and Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Journals and Letters week 49: The death of an angel

By Mary Riley | September 11, 2021 |

Mother Theodore bares her heart in these beautiful letters about the death of her dear friend, Sister St. Francis Xavier.

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Journals and Letters week 48: Direct and loving advice from Mother Theodore

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | September 4, 2021 |

In her letter to Sister Maria, Mother Theodore’s tone seems direct, stern and loving. (How does Mother Theodore so consistently manage blending those seeming opposites?)

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Journals and Letters week 47: Letting things take their course

By Sister Ann Casper | August 28, 2021 |

Mother Theodore’s long letters have a common theme, loving one another. She advises Mary Xavier to “bear with the defects of others. Endeavor not to cause others to suffer, and you yourself try to endure the little annoyances which are unavoidable in the necessary relations with others.”

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Journals and Letters week 46: God’s flowers

By Linda McMahon | August 21, 2021 |

Mother Theodore followed the death announcement with a telling of this young (aged 21) sister’s story. We learn that she lived her faith and her vocation in a most holy and virtuous way, and she approached her death with serenity.

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Journals and Letters week 45: Sorrows and shadows

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | August 14, 2021 |

“Indeed it is very difficult, and it requires an uncommon virtue, not to make others suffer when we suffer,” writes Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.

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Journals and Letters week 44: Full as an egg and a tribute to a friend

By Sister Ann Casper | August 7, 2021 |

I love her balanced approach and the fact that she is not threatened by the presence or success of others.

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Journals and Letters week 43: Jesuits and mothering and nieces

By Amy Miranda | July 31, 2021 |

And finally, what a sweet gift to Mother Theodore. Two of her nieces come to the United States to join the Congregation!

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Journals and Letters week 42: Put yourself gently into the hands of Providence

By Amy Miranda | July 24, 2021 |

This week’s letters show the breadth of Mother Theodore as loving friend, sister and dedicated leader. She is a wonderful person for offering guidance, wisdom and truthfulness

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Journals and Letters week 41: Oh, Maria and other friends

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | July 17, 2021 |

Although she felt affection, appreciation and friendship for each of the people she writes to this week, Mother Theodore is still able to be firm.

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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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