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Journals and Letters week 22: “I am so tired …”

By Amy Miranda | March 6, 2021 |

Mother Theodore had to stay in charge and oversee everyone else. A true “mother.” And on top of all that the bishop keeps causing problem after problem. All of this is compounded by Mother Theodore’s chronic poor health that leaves her ill or weak much of the time.

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Journals and Letters week 23: Clash of the bishop and the saint

By Mary Riley | March 13, 2021 |

Things come to a head with the bishop and Mother Theodore. See how Providence prevails in this most dramatic passage.

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Journals and Letters week 24: Support and hope

By Amy Miranda | March 20, 2021 |

“The future is yours.” Such a new chance for hope.

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Journals and Letters week 25: Making fair progress

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | March 27, 2021 |

Now that the sorrow-burdened years are behind her, Mother Theodore’s attention can return to ensuring the “fair progress” of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and the sisters’ establishing missions across Indiana.

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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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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 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 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 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 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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Join us anytime for this reflective, year-long reading and discussion of the “Journals and Letters” of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. (You can find the book here and buy the digital download here.) Follow along as you read with our weekly reflections from 2020-21. Enjoy some time with Saint Mother Theodore.

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