Author Archives: Mary K. Doyle

She Trusted That God Had a Better Plan

“After eight years, Sister St. Theodore was sent to another school. She did not want to leave the children in Rennes, but she trusted that God had another plan for her. The new school was in the small town of Soulaines. When Sister St. Theodore was not teaching, she spent time studying with a doctor. […]

How Much Do You Want to Know?

“When we get to the end of the story, you will know more than you do now…”  ― Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen Wouldn’t life be easier if we knew how things will work out? We spend a good deal of time worrying about what might happen. Knowing the future would reduce so much anxiety. Or […]

Prayers from and to the Communion of Saints

The reality of losing a loved one can take some time to hit home. Intellectually we know that person is no longer physically present, but we lag behind emotionally. My husband, Marshall, passed away on March 8th. It’s been a rough month and a half getting used to him being gone. In an effort to […]

Spoke Too Soon

“It would be better to be guarded in your words than always asking pardon.” Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore Guerin One of the greatest benefits of writing is the ability to edit. We have opportunity to reflect and correct before publishing. All too often, our spoken words need to be clarified. We hear our own ridiculousness and […]

Is There a Doctor in the House?

In our “take a pill and call me in the morning” culture, who will care for us medically in our senior days? We may think that medical assistance is unlimited for our specific needs, but the older we get, the less likely that is true. As the number of people who are 65 years of […]

The Alzheimer’s Spouse

Alzheimer’s claims the lives not only of those with the disease but all those connected to them as well. And the closer we are to the loved one with Alzheimer’s, the more we are affected. Certainly, Alzheimer’s damages everything about the partner with the disease as he or she slowly diminishes physically, mentally, and emotionally. […]

Finding Jesus

“Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in […]

We Can’t Know for Sure

We want to know how and when. And we want to know now! In our age of information, we have little patience for situations that aren’t easily answered with data, definitive answers, and quick fixes. We just want to take a pill or pay the bill and get on with things. Yet, there are so […]

How Will Our Story End?

“I’m not going by fire or water,” said Sue. “Me neither,” I responded. “And I’m certainly not I doing cancer. “ “Then how would you want to go,” Sue asked? My dear friend, Sue and I have had some pretty odd discussions over the years, but this was one few people like to discuss. Death […]

Sacrificing for God’s Mission

Following what we believe to be God’s direction often comes with great sacrifice. The mission and ministry presented to us may require parting with those people and things we hold most dear. Such was the way with Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore and the other sisters who left their home in France, which most would never see […]