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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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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 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 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 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 21: The cross awaits

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | February 27, 2021 |

The cross did await Mother Theodore and her sisters “at every turn.” The conflict with the bishop took many more twists and turns before the rule was approved and the land deeded over. Yet she persisted.

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Journals and Letters week 20: Drama with the bishop continues

By Sister Ann Casper | February 20, 2021 |

Just when we thought things were going well for Mother Theodore “Back Home in Indiana,” things turn sour again with the bishop. I cannot imagine living with that tense and volatile relationship day after day. It must have been disheartening to say the least!

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Journals and Letters week 19: Back home in Indiana

By Mary Riley | February 13, 2021 |

Mother Theodore finally arrives at her beloved Saint Mary-of-the-Woods after being separated for nearly a year.

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Journals and Letters week 18: New Orleans to Indiana

By Jeannie Smith | February 6, 2021 |

Her statement at that time is one we must take to heart still today: “These Americans, so proud of their liberty, thus make game of the liberty of others.” No slave markets today, no. Yet that legacy is still so evident in the systemic racism that tells a lie about “liberty and justice for all.”

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Journals and Letters week 17: Mother Theodore’s own words

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | January 30, 2021 |

Yet, no matter how frightening the weather or terrifying an incident, Mother Theodore could and did pray.

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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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